Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry heroically tied Game 3 with a last-ditch three-point shot against the Pelicans, but now the NBA says he would have anyway.
Steph Curry took the playoff slogan “Hero Ball” very seriously on Thursday night in a Game 3 against the Pelicans in New Orleans. His Warriors had been down by as much as 20 during the course of the game, but got it within three points for a tie near the end of the fourth quarter. Curry had two chances for a three-point shot. The first one missed, but the Warriors snagged the rebound. The second one he didn’t miss and it tied the game and led to OT.
However, it turns out that Curry was very obviously fouled on that final shot. In fact, you can see him falling into the stands as the ball is in the air.
Apparently, had Curry missed that last shot, the would have been sent to the line for free throws, according to Bleacher Report. Sources detail that the Warriors got the explanation that Curry would have gotten a foul if he had missed that three-pointer. Once the official game report comes out, the feeling is that officials will be made aware of the non-call.
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You have to admit though, the fact that Curry made that second shot with time running out and the entire arena on its feet was far more of a dramatic finish than going to the line for some free throws. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr mentioned the possibility of a foul being called as well, in ESPN’s game report. Kerr said that the heroic shot showed everything that Curry is about. He called the potential MVP, fearless and said that he wants every big shot.
The Warriors went on to win the Game 3 in OT with Curry finishing with 40 points, nine rebounds and five assists. For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds, but his missed free throw with 9.6 seconds left gave the Warriors and Curry a chance to tie it.
Game 4 of this first round series has the potential to close out on Saturday in New Orleans if the Warriors can get one more win. If the Pelicans are able to stop them, then the series returns to Oracle where the Warriors have only lost two games this season. The Pelicans are in a 3-0 hole now and it’s going to take a huge effort to keep their run alive.
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