The Warriors – Stephen Curry’s Winning Shot Was The Warriors’ 3rd Buzzer Beater This Season: The Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets with an epic shot in the final seconds of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals tonight in Oakland, California. Stephen Curry dribbled through nearly the entire Nuggets team before making the perfect teardrop layup to put the Warriors up with 30 seconds left in the game. As he came down, he looked at the audience and put both hands under one side of his head–signaling to the Nuggets that they should have made a different play call with less than 10 seconds left, or taken another shot altogether.
Who were the original Warriors? In what is now the Golden State, California, a group of pioneers settled in 1846 and named their camp after a local Indian tribe, the Gualala, meaning People by the Sea. The group consisted of about 1,000 settlers, and it was there that they formed a small settlement. It was then incorporated as a city in 1861 and was named Oakland after it got its name from another large oak tree that grew nearby.
The town became an important port for trade between San Francisco and Sacramento during its early years. As you can see, Stephen Curry’s winning shot against Denver wasn’t even close to being his first buzzer-beater. He had already scored three other game-winning shots at or near the end of regulation time so far in 2015. That’s pretty impressive!
Draymond Green deflected a pass intended for Mason Plumlee.
Green caught an outlet pass from Andre Iguodala and found himself in a one-on-one situation with Mason Plumlee. Green, however, turned it into a two-on-one as he deflected Plumlee’s pass to Tyler Zeller and tipped it back to Shaun Livingston for an open 3-pointer. With no timeouts left, Steph Curry dribbled down the clock and then stepped behind a screen by David Lee before hitting his game-winner.
It was Golden State’s third buzzer-beater of the season. (via ESPN). In Oakland, California, home of Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors have had three opportunities to win games at or near full-time in 2015-16: Harrison Barnes hit a fadeaway jumper against Utah on Nov. 5, Stephen Curry hit a floater against Dallas on Dec. 6, and now, on Jan.
Andrew Bogut grabbed the loose ball near midcourt.
When Stephen Curry dribbled through nearly the entire Denver Nuggets team, he came down and looked at Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who was celebrating wildly on Golden State’s bench. After putting up his hand with two fingers on each side of his head, signaling number one, Kerr ran down to hug Curry and congratulate him on a game-winning shot. But before that, Bogut grabbed the loose ball near midcourt as time expired in regulation. That led to Draymond Green’s three-pointer that gave Golden State a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in overtime. It also meant Bogut became part of an exclusive club: players who have scored game-winning buzzer-beaters for two different teams.
Andre Iguodala passed to Shaun Livingston left wing-wing.
Livingston returned it to Iguodala on his right, who drove to his left and passed it to Livingston again on his left. Livingston passed it back to Iguodala, who turned and shot a three-pointer from about 30 feet in front of Oakland’s bench. It went in. The crowd erupted as Golden State ran onto the court to celebrate with its players. (Make sure you use quotes around what your source says.)
The ball found its way into Curry’s hands at one point, and he dribbled through nearly the entire Nuggets team before making a perfect teardrop layup that put Golden State up by three points with thirty seconds left in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.
Livingston hit Harrison Barnes in stride.
With less than 10 seconds to go in a tied game, head coach Steve Kerr called for a last-second play. He could’ve gone with a quick shot or isolation–but instead, he sent Andre Iguodala to inbounds to pass with one of his most trusted players, Shaun Livingston. With Matt Barnes on him and time running out, Livingston hit Harrison Barnes in stride on a crisp lob that easily sailed through—giving Golden State their third buzzer-beater of 2015/16.
As ESPN showed a close-up of Curry watching from behind half-court, it was clear he was confident as ever: “We do it every day in practice!” After missing a good chunk of games due to injury, Curry has returned to form, averaging 25 points per game over his last five contests. His confidence is back too. And even though he only scored 12 points against Denver, his presence helped open things up for others like Draymond Green (23 points) and Klay Thompson (26). It’s no surprise they finished with 115 points while holding Denver under 100. In short, they’re back.
Barnes drove past Wilson Chandler and sent a cross-court pass that found Draymond Green on the right-wing.
In an NBA thriller, Green’s three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left gave Golden State a 113-112 win over Denver. Green finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, while Barnes added 25 points. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry recorded 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds for Golden State, which extended its winning streak to eight games. Klay Thompson had 16 points for the Warriors, who have won 13 of 14 overall.
Golden State wins 113-112 in a thriller to extend its winning streak to eight games. Golden State won the Western Conference title for the second time in a row with a 118-91 victory over Oklahoma City on Saturday night, led by Stephen Curry’s 32 points and Kevin Durant’s 31. The defending champion Warriors are headed back to the NBA Finals for a rematch against LeBron James and Cleveland after sweeping Portland in four games in Round 1 and taking care of business against Oklahoma City in five contests.
Green drove toward the basket and passed to an open Curry in the opposite corner.
score tied. He got it back and made a move toward the rim and was fouled by Wilson Chandler. Two free throws for three points. He missed one of them, but Draymond Green stole a pass intended for Kenneth Faried and quickly passed to Harrison Barnes, who hit a wide-open shot before time expired. Golden State wins 109-108. Stephen Curry dribbled through nearly the entire Denver Nuggets team before making the perfect teardrop layup to put Golden State up with 30 seconds left in Game 4.
As he came down, he looked at the audience and put both hands under one side of his head–signaling to Denver that they were history. The best part? It wasn’t even close to being over. Andre Iguodala took an inbound pass from Ty Lawson and threw a long crosscourt pass to J.R. Smith at half court, who caught it just as time expired; nothing but net for another buzzer-beater! Who are these guys? What happened to last year?
Then here is what happened:
The Golden State Warriors are one of the NBA’s best teams. They were even able to win an NBA championship last year, but it was all without Stephen Curry. In case you didn’t know, he missed most of their season due to an injury to his ankle. There were high hopes for him to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory and clinch another championship title when he returned to game 5 of that championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers!
He did exactly what everyone expected him to do by scoring 23 points (including 6 three-pointers) in just over 30 minutes of playtime. He then went on to score 29 points (including 6 three-pointers) in game 6, which led them to win their first championship since 1975. After that amazing comeback victory with only a 4% chance of winning, they have now become favorites to win again next year as well! How did they manage to make such a comeback?
In conclusion, we can see that a team with so many excellent players is likely to succeed. Stephen Curry is one of these excellent players, and his winning shot was truly amazing. It’s remarkable how many buzzer-beaters they have hit.