February 27, 2016


Let’s start with how this one ended to get it out of the way. There are just under 30 seconds left in the game, which is tied 118–118 in overtime. Kevin Durant fouled out, and so the Thunder give it to Russell Westbrook who finds backboard, no twine, on a go-ahead leaner. Andre Iguodala grabs the board for the Warriors with roughly six seconds left. Golden State has a timeout. Nobody calls one. This is because the ball finds the hands of Stephen Curry, the baddest gunslinger on either side of the Mississippi. When Curry catches the ball, he is parallel to his team’s coach's box.

The thing they all say about Curry is you’d better guard that man the second he crosses half-court, just to be safe. The other thing about him is, there’s not a single chance anyone else is shooting this ball. And by the time Curry takes three casual dribbles and pulls up, you realize all five members of the Thunder are back on defense, above the three-point line, which is, of course, nowhere near him. Curry lets go of the ball about halfway between half-court and the other coach's box, some 30 feet out, and just like the shots he practices before every single game, it goes in. We will eventually catch our breaths and look back at Curry’s career, and this season, wherever Golden State’s possible-record record finishes. It might be “The Shot” now. Name it yourself. You’ll be seeing it all again. 

The fact it fell meant a few things:

1) The Warriors beat the Thunder 121–118, in overtime of their sixth game in nine days on a road trip that hit both coasts, in an arena where they were 1–11 in their last 12 stops.

2) Curry scored 46 points, and tied the record for most threes made in an NBA game with 12.

3) Curry broke his own record for threes made in a season with 287. It’s February.

4) The Warriors are now 53–5 with 24 games to go, and 

5) they actually clinched a playoff spot sometime in the middle of the second half, when the Rockets fell to the Spurs in Houston.



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