Steph Curry is a ruthless, hyper-coordinated cyborg designed to wreak havoc on NBA teams from long distances. The latest evidence was on full display in Oklahoma City in a 121-118 Warriors win on Saturday night.
That dagger marked a fitting end to arguably the most entertaining game of this NBA season, one in which Curry went absolutely bananas from three-point land, again. The reigning MVP finished with 12 three-pointers, tying the NBA single-game record and breaking his own single-season mark in the process.
The Warriors (53-5), who earned the earliest playoff-clinching win in NBA history with the victory, still have 24 games left on the docket, so Curry’s single-season record stands to balloon to ungodly proportions. His 12-of-16 long-range effort Saturday came two days after he hit 10 of 15 against Orlando, making him the first player in NBA history to drain at least 10 three-pointers in consecutive games.
Golden State trailed the Thunder throughout Saturday’s contest, thanks to relentless production from Kevin Durant (37 points) and Russell Westbrook (26). It looked all but over when Durant buried a triple with 14.5 seconds left in regulation to put the Thunder up 103-99.
But Warriors guard Klay Thompson responded with a quick layup, and Andre Iguodala sank a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds left to force overtime.
That set the stage for the shot heard round the league. Curry sauntered up-court, took three dribbles and, with 0.6 seconds left in overtime, flicked a casual 38-footer that sent the Thunder faithful gasping in wide-eyed wonder.
Perhaps Oklahoma City’s fans shouldn’t have been so surprised. For one, Curry is a basketball wizard who can presumably make it rain from any spot in an NBA arena. For another, he is shooting 50 percent (11-of-22) on shots from 30 feet and beyond this season. To provide some perspective, Pistons center Andre Drummond is shooting 36.1 percent from 15 feet this season.
Reaction from the Twittersphere blazed freely forth:
The Thunder, of course, were none too pleased…
But at least they were practical.