SAN FRANCISCO — One game after an epic performance of 43 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry saw his all-time streak of 233 straight games with a shot three-pointer come to a stunning end on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Curry, who finished the night with 16 points and eight assists, broke his record of 233 games with a three-pointer in the regular season and the playoffs. Now he returns to Boston for Thursday’s Game 6, looking for another world championship and another three-point run.
“Whether Steph gets 43, 10, 4, or whether he ends up shooting 16-for-22 – a win is a win,” teammate Draymond Green said.
“… He was 0-for-9 of 3. He’ll be furious in Game 6, which is exactly what we need.”
Since 2013, Curry has played only nine games in which he did not hit a three-pointer. But his track record has been instrumental in recovering greatly from rare outings like this one. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history averaged 4.4 3-pointers per game and 46% 3-point shooting in the next game. That includes a then NBA record of 13 3-pointers in November 2016 against the New Orleans Pelicans†
The last time Curry didn’t make a 3 in a match was on November 8, 2018, against the Milwaukee Bucks†
“Keep shooting,” Curry said of his mentality when he comes out of games like this. “Very simple. Like there never was – I’m not afraid to do 0-for-whatever because I keep shooting and taking pictures that you normally think you can take. And I’ve responded well when I’ve had such matches from the 3-point line.
“But I’ve never — I don’t think I’ve ever been happier after a 0-for-any kind of night, just knowing the context of the game, the other ways you tried to influence the game and the fact that you had four guys stand up in a meaningful way to help us win offensively.”
Curry will trade the streak for a win in the NBA Finals, bringing the Warriors one win in their fourth title in eight seasons.
He loved to see Andrew Wiggins produce a critical double-double for the second game in a row, finishing with 26 points and 13 rebounds. And Klay Thompson took the 3-point shootout by making five and finishing with 21 points.
“We’re never stressed or worried about number 30,” Thompson said. “He’s done so much and elevated this franchise to a place where it’s been hard to imagine he has wiggle room and he can have a bad night. I just know he’ll respond. He’s one of the biggest competitors I’ve got .” ever been around. And he’s a perfectionist, like me. I know he will think about the shots he missed. And that’s a good thing because Thursday, hopefully, he usually goes back to average, and it’s scary when he does that.”
Curry owns the two longest consecutive games with a three-pointer made in the regular season and playoffs at 233 (2018-22) and 196 (2014-16). Jordan Clarkson is third all-time with 101 consecutive matches (2020-21).
“The man is a magician with the ball in his hands,” said Thompson. “He has just redefined what the point guard position is capable of… he is truly a transcendent talent that we will never see again.”
Although Curry’s streak was cut short, he still sent a message in his post-match press conference when he arrived on stage in a T-shirt that read “Ayesha Curry CAN Cook.” That was in response to a Boston branch that had written the message “AYESHA CURRY CAN’T COOK” on a sign outside its door.
What Boston really doesn’t want to see in Game 6 is Chef Curry cooking again. Curry said “there’s a fire burning” after Game 5.
“Of course it bothers me as a shooter,” Curry said. “You want to influence the game that way. But luckily that’s not all you do on the pitch.
“Of course the track record says I shoot the ball better the next game. I’m looking forward to that kickback.”
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