While he’s had multiple game-winners in his career, Steph Curry hasn’t drilled a game-winning shot as time expired at the buzzer until Friday’s contest against the Houston Rockets at San Francisco’s Chase Center.
As time expired in a back-and-forth battle, the Warriors and Rockets were knotted at 103 for a tie ballgame. A defensive stop and Otto Porter Jr. rebound gave the Warriors possession with just 5.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
On the final possession, Curry was the only member of the Warriors to touch the ball after the inbound pass. The two-time Most Valuable Player was able to create enough space against Kevin Porter Jr. to launch a deep two-point jumper that swished through the net as the final buzzer sounded at Chase Center.
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Curry’s heroic jumper sealed a much-needed win for the Warriors over the gritty Rockets, 105-103. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Curry’s game-winner was the first in his career at the buzzer and Golden State’s first game-winning shot at the horn since 2014.
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After starting the game shooting 0-for-5 from the field, Curry finished the contest with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the floor with four 3-pointers, 12 assists, four boards, a steal and a block in 39 minutes.
Following back-to-back games with 44 and 39 minutes in each, Curry and the Warriors will get a day off before hosting the Utah Jazz at Chase Center on Sunday.
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