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Andrew Wiggins got things done for the Golden State Warriors in Game 5, though it will be remembered as the night Stephen Curry’s three-pointer streak came to an end.
Curry went for 0-out-of-9 from the three-point range for the first time after 132 career postseason games, scoring 16 points in Game 5 which mostly came from the mid-range.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been happier after a 0-for-whatever type of night”, Curry told reporters after the game, which brought the Warriors closer to the championship (3-2 lead).
“I knew there were going to be some adjustments in the way they were trying to guard the pick-and-roll because I got a lot of clean looks, and they were a little bit more aggressive, a little higher-up on their pick-up points,” he added. “So, I didn’t get as many attempts up. Obviously, I didn’t make any. But the rest of the time, it’s just using that aggression against them”.
This season, Curry became the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers, surpassing Ray Allen for a total of 3,117 successful shots from behind the arc. Prior to Game 5, he had successfully converted at least one three in 233 regular season and playoffs games, while he played 38 consecutive playoffs games with multiple threes (per SplashBrosMuse).
“Steph is the best to ever shoot it,” teammate Klay Thompson said. “And I’ll tell you what, everyone in the building, including the fans and those watching, believe the ball is going in when it leaves his fingertips”.
Curry, who posted a 43-point performance in Game 4 a couple of days prior, may have seen his streak come to an end, though Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not at all worried.
“Even for the best shooter in the world, you know, games like this happen. And fortunately, they don’t happen too often. I like Steph coming off of a game like this, too. I like his ability to bounce back.”
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