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Three years ago Golden State Warriors played their game 3 of first-round playoff series against New Orleans Pelicans.
Warriors were trailed by 20 points at the end of the third quarter, and faced a 15-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday hit two free throws with 17.4 seconds remaining to make it 107-102.
Then Pelicans’ Anthony Davis helped the Warriors out big time by missing the first of two free throws. So the Warriors regained possession — down by three — with 9.6 seconds to go.
That’s when Steph Curry broke the Internet, with an assist from Mo Speights.
Warriors’ superstar didn’t shoot the ball well overall tthat night. He was 10-for-29,but 40 points and the late-game heroics surely make it a “signature game.”
“That game was just incredible. I mean, I think that was one of Steph’s signature games,” coach Steve Kerr told Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group.
“People may not remember the clutch three he hit before the last three, just to get us within a bucket. I think he hit one off of a side-out-of-bounds play with maybe 10 seconds left. I think that cut it to one, and then after they made a couple free throws he hit another three.
“So, following that 20-point comeback and fourth (quarter), as I recall, Shaun Livingston played a big role in it, I think we went really small the whole four quarter with Andre (Iguodala), Draymond (Green), all the small-ball guys came up huge and then Steph did his thing.
“That was a really, really fun game.”
Game 3 at the Pelicans in 2015 — before Steph hit the corner 3 to tie it with 2.8 seconds left, he drilled this 3-pointer on Jrue Holiday with 11.8 seconds left to pull the Warriors within 2 points … pic.twitter.com/8lhqfhP8g6
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 31, 2020