A Tuesday matchup of two of the NBA’s best point guards ended up with one of them staggering on the court. Stephen Curry dropped Chris Paul to his hands and feet with a pair of behind-the-back dribbles during the second quarter of a game between the Warriors and the Clippers at the Staples Center. Curry finished with 27 points and four assists in the Warriors’ 110-106 win. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that it was Curry’s play that “kicked us into gear” during Golden State’s comeback victory.
With a little more than two minutes remaining before halftime and the Clippers leading 48-39, Curry attacked the paint and got to the baseline. Once there, Curry used a behind-the-back dribble from right-to-left and then another behind-the-back dribble left-to-right to shake Paul, who lost his balance and fell to the court. Curry then completed the highlight-reel play by sinking a mid-range jumper, as the Warriors bench fell all over itself in celebration.
“I snaked through the paint and [Paul] was trailing and I thought I could make a move back to the basket,” Curry said. “Somewhere with the creativity in between doing the double move … I saw him go down [and] I knew I had to shoot it and see what happens.”
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