Basketball World Is Loving Stephen Curry’s Circus 'And-1' Shot
In recent weeks, Stephen Curry has elevated his basketball game, and the Warriors' star did something incredible against the game with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics that garnered all the attention.
Consecutive Eleven 30-Point Milestone
Curry's first bucket of the fourth quarter — a 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night put him over the 30-point milestone for the 11th time in his illustrious career. He surpassed the late Kobe Bryant for the longest 30-point streak by an NBA player 33 years or older.
In nine April games, Curry averaged a mind-boggling 39.9 points per game. He did so when shooting 55.6 % from the field and 49.2 % from beyond the arc.
On Monday, the two-time NBA MVP was named Western Conference Player of the Week, an honor he earned after a stellar performance that included a 47-point effort in the Warriors game against Celtics on April 17, 2021.
11th straight game with 30+ points
Steph passes Kobe for the longest streak of 30-point games for a player age 33 and older pic.twitter.com/uR3VdGfDuL — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 20, 2021
The Warrior star and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum squared off in one of the year's best Old School vs. New School battles. On the night, Curry swished eleven 3-pointers, making it his twentieth game with at least ten 3-pointers.
He also made a circus 22-foot hook shot while being fouled by Grant Williams in the late first half of the Warriors' game against the Celtics at TD Garden.
Despite his great game, the Warriors could not hold on to a 5-point lead at the end of the game. The Celtics took a lead they wouldn't relinquish late in the game thanks to a Marcus Smart 3-pointer. The game was won by Celtics 119-114.
Chef Curry was asked if he was in the middle of the best 10-game run of his career (as per stats) after the match. "I mean, statistically, it is for sure this season required something a little different. I'm trying to meet that moment," he told reporters.
Kevin Durant Was Impressed by Curry's Circus Shot
Even Kevin Durant, a four-time scoring champion, was impressed by Curry's circus shot.
Durant and the Brooklyn Nets were off that night, so he could watch the big game, and he was blown away by his former running mate.
While attempting the shot, Curry turned to the defender he was facing and sliding away from the cup. With his offside, he contorted his body, gained a sliver of elevation over the defender, and flicked a 22-foot hook shot.
Durant tried to say he was celebrating an 'And-1' play by Celtics guard Kemba Walker in a subsequent tweet. However, the timing of his first tweet matches the timing of Curry's shot, not a play by Walker.
What a ridiculous And-1 lmao — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 18, 2021
Curry's shot also amazed injured Warriors forward Eric Paschall.
The left handed and-1 tough ðŸ˜‚ — Eric Paschall (@epaschall) April 18, 2021
Curry's basket moved him into a tie for 78th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with Warriors legend Chris Mullin. His free throw put him ahead of the Hall of Famer.