It was just a matter of time.
Like every three-point record ever set, one day it would belong to Wardell Stephen Curry II.
Today was that day. And in true Steph Curry fashion, it was done in style. The NBA record for most three-pointers in a game tumbled down like so many records before it, buried in an avalanche of outrageous, preposterous shots.
I mean, what the hell even is this?!
Get the hell outta here Steph are u kidding me pic.twitter.com/8WS3VlC5Gu— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 4, 2018
It still astonishes me that after nine seasons of genuinely league changing play from the greatest shooter ever to step foot on an NBA court, every time Steph Curry enters the arena there’s a good chance you’ll see something you’ve never seen before.
But it all comes within the flow of the game. That is the beauty of Steph Curry and these Warriors. These shots are part of who they are, they are part of the destruction they reap on their opponents, and increasingly they are part of the legacy that they are forging.
In Game 2, Curry combined his earth shattering achievements from beyond the arc with another fine floor game, combining his 33 points with a solid eight assists, seven rebounds, and a steal to boot.
A little help from his friends
Before Steph Curry went bananas in the fourth quarter, hitting five of his nine three pointers for the night, there were a wide range of performances deserving of consideration for tonight’s Warrior Wonder.
Chief amongst them was Kevin Durant, who had come under increasing scrutiny after an allegedly somewhat subpar Game One.
Durant was simply splendid throughout the night. True his stat line of 26 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks looks pretty damn similar to the Game 1 performance that got panned a few days earlier (26 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three blocks).
The difference though was the way he went about getting those numbers. Tonight Durant played perfectly within the offense finishing with a hyper efficient 10-for-14 from the field, was judicious and clinical with his isolation possessions, and battled hard inside against the Cavaliers physical frontline.
It was a masterclass in how Durant and the Warriors can not only co-exist, but elevate the whole show to achieve new levels of greatness. This is what the Warriors recruited him for, and what he came here to do.
Klay Thompson deserves credit too for a gutty 20-point performance on a bad ankle, including some very timely shotmaking.
It also underscored another underrated facet of Thompson’s game — his durability. When you need bodies to count on, Klay is always there doing Klay things.
Tonight marks Klay Thompson's 100th career playoff game, making him the first player in franchise history to appear in 100 postseason games with the Warriors.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 4, 2018
He even managed to set Steph up for the postgame joke of the night.
There were other fine performances from the rest of the roster too. Draymond Green’s stat line of five points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and one block doesn’t jump off the page, but his defensive effort was typically on point.
JaVale McGee (12 points on 6-for-6 shooting, two rebounds, one block) and Shaun Livingston (10 points on 5-for-5 shooting, five rebounds, one assist) were both perfect from the floor and provided a much needed boost of energy around the stars.
In the end though, the night belonged to Steph, wowing the whole of #DubNation from legendary shooters to legendary rappers.
Steve Kerr on Steph Curry: “The guy is the best shooter probably in the history of the Earth.” pic.twitter.com/ltCPjVuIbL— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 4, 2018
Let’s see it one more time.
Steph made an NBA Finals-record 9⃣ threes in Game 2. Let's relive them all pic.twitter.com/vSqwH0vIvZ— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 4, 2018
Feels like that elusive NBA Finals MVP is the next thing that’s just a matter of time.
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