Curry’s Magic: No-Look Alley-Oop Ignites Golden State Fans

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the Warriors beat the Thunder in an instant-classic with one of the wildest endings you’ll ever see.
Steph Curry hits game-winner as Warriors beat Thunder - Golden State Of Mind

What promises to be perhaps the wildest game of 2023-24 ended with a finish unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors, shocker, were on the winning side of it, too.

The Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 141-139 on opening night of the inaugural in-season tournament, holding on to win an instant-classic that owned that distinction even before Curry’s game-winning layup with .2 seconds remaining on the clock. Game-long drama that crescendoed from tipoff to the final moments of the fourth quarter apparently wasn’t enough for the basketball gods, though.
Stephen Curry's 30 points, last-second layup give Warriors 141-139 win over  Thunder | Sports |

Curry’s drive and finish past Lu Dort with the score tied was initially called basket interference on the floor, Green’s fingers grazing the rim as the ball fell through the basket. The outcome still hung in the balance as officials instituted automatic replay review, both sides confident the ruling would end up in their favor. Finally, the referees announced that Green’s touch on the rim had no effect on the ball, confirming more crunch-time Curry heroics and leaving Oklahoma City forced to go 94 feet with .2 seconds on the clock.

The game was finally over when Josh Giddey’s high-arcing baseball pass was tipped into the arms of Chris Paul, sealing Golden State’s fourth straight road win—and prompting wild, confused responses on social media from fans of the Warriors, Thunder and basketball at large.
Curry makes last-second layup to give Warriors 141-139 win over Thunder in  tourney opener - ABC News

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 30 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in another singularly dominant performance, adding eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Dort hit his first nine shots and first six triples en route to 29 points to help offset the absence of Oklahoma City superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who watched from the sidelines with a left knee sprain.

Jonathan Kuminga was awesome for the Dubs after a rough first half, scoring 19 points and playing dogged defense down the stretch. Andrew Wiggins also broke out of his early-season slump for the Warriors, adding 17 points on 11 shots while relentlessly crashing the offensive glass. Chet Holmgren was the most impactful player on the floor other than Curry, forcing Golden State to change its defensive approach at intermission en route to 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 7-of-9 from the field.

It’s safe to say the verve and intensity of Friday’s game would’ve existed without stakes of the in-season tournament. Rest assured the NBA is absolutely thrilled that one of its marquee matchups on opening night will be remembered by not just Dub Nation, but league followers at large forever.

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