Stephen Curry Hits Game-Winning, Record-Breaking 3pt. To Beat OKC

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry entered the record books twice on Saturday night, breaking the NBA single-season mark for 3-pointers and tying the mark for most 3-pointers in a game in a 121-118 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Curry scored 46 points and tied an NBA record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall with his 12th 3-pointer of the game. Curry finished 12 of 16 from 3-point range. Guard Klay Thompson added 32 points as the Warriors improved their record to 53-5. “I got a good rhythm dribbling up and found a good spot to take off from,” Curry said. “I had confidence all night. Thankfully that last one went in when we had a chance to win the game.” The records just keep coming as Curry’s 12th three pushed his total to 288, breaking his own single-season record of 286 with 24 games to play.

“It was incredible what Steph did. What is the expression? From the ridiculous to the sublime. That is where we are at this point,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Forward Kevin Durant had 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thunder. Guard Russell Westbrook contributed 30 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Oklahoma City (41-18) lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

With 4:45 left in the fourth quarter, the Thunder led by nine points. Westbrook put Oklahoma City up by 11 with a driving layup, but Curry responded with back-to-back layups. Curry then drained a 3-pointer to cut the gap to four points. After a Durant miss, Golden State forward Draymond Green hit one of two from the free-throw line and the lead was down to 96-93 with 2:15 left. Westbrook missed a long 3-pointer, but Thunder guard Andre Roberson tracked down the loose ball. It led to Durant going to free throw line and burying two shots to give Thunder a 98-93 lead. However, Curry drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Thunder forward Serge Ibaka answered with a 3-pointer before Thompson hit a long 3-pointer. The Thunder led 100-99 with 27 seconds left and Durant seemed to put the game away when he buried a 3-pointer.

But a layup by Thompson and a turnover by Durant gave the Warriors a chance. With 0.7 on the clock, Durant fouled Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who hit two free throws to tie score and force overtime. The Thunder scored five quick points to start overtime, but four straight points from Curry got the Warriors to within one. Durant fouled out and the Thunder had to go the final 3:30 without him. Ibaka gave Oklahoma City a 110-107 lead. But Curry tied the score falling down while hitting a 3-pointer. Consecutive baskets by Roberson and Ibaka put the Thunder up 114-110 with 1:41 left in overtime. Thompson drained a 3-pointer and the Warriors were within one again. Westbrook was fouled driving to the basket and hit two free throws. Curry then went to the foul line and made two free throws. The Thunder kept finding ways to answer. Westbrook set up Roberson for a tough layup. Then Thompson came down and scored on a three-point play to tie the score at 118 with 29.5 seconds on the clock. Westbrook missed a jumper, leaving time for Curry to hit the winner.
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