If you're a Warriors fan and you woke up Thursday feeling very nostalgic, it makes perfect sense.
This date in Warriors history:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
-May 28, 2016 = Klay makes a playoff-record 11 3s (5 in the 4th quarter) as the Warriors win Game 6 of the West Finals at OKC
-May 28, 2018 = the Warriors overcome a 15-point deficit and win Game 7 of the West Finals at Houston
In honor of the historic day, we decided to put together the top 10 most-clutch shots from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
These are in chronological order and only include the postseason.
1. In Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs in 2015, the Warriors trailed the New Orleans Pelicans by 15 points with less than five minutes remaining. Somehow, this happened:
Five years ago today, Marreese Speights came through with one of the biggest offensive rebounds in NBA playoff history ... pic.twitter.com/xe1cXFIFM5— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 23, 2020
Curry finished with 40 points and Golden State outlasted New Orleans in overtime to take a commanding three-games-to-zero series lead.
2. Curry sprained his right MCL in Game 4 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets in 2016. He missed the next four games before returning for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Through three quarters, he was 0-for-9 from 3-point range. But he started to heat up in the fourth and then proceeded to score 17 points in overtime -- the most in a single OT in NBA history.
About 90 seconds before his famous “I’m here, I’m back” 3-pointer, Steph hit this clutch 3-pointer to tie the game pic.twitter.com/7R95iVP9jz— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
Hey, speaking of that "I'm here, I'm back" shot:
Four years ago today, Steph Curry returned after a 2-week absence and scored an NBA overtime-record 17 points in Game 4 at the Blazers: “I’M HERE! I’M BACK!” pic.twitter.com/GxbmnOhb9s— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 9, 2020
The Warriors won 132-125 to take a three-games-to-one series lead.
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3-5. These three shots really don't need introductions:
This shot from Klay at OKC four years ago today just is ............................. f’ing insane pic.twitter.com/FmaCB9a1LI— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
Klay wasn’t the only one who made clutch shots in the fourth quarter of Game 6 at OKC in 2016 (poor Steph Curry haters ...) pic.twitter.com/ykIlaUwaRN— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
Don’t you EVER forget that Klay Thompson’s wild go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 6 at OKC was set up by an Andre Iguodala steal + assist pic.twitter.com/PveRd1emLE— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 26, 2020
6. In Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets, Curry didn't score a single point in the first half (Thompson kept the Warriors afloat with 21 points). But then he did this:
In Game 6 of the 2019 West Semis, Steph scored 33 points in the second half (23 in the 4th quarter) and did this to PJ Tucker. Filth pic.twitter.com/zN7n2YXbqS— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
7. And then about a minute later:
The moment the Warriors ended the Rockets. Right here pic.twitter.com/ysDJ4OT8Gl— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 10, 2020
As Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" months back:
"If I look back at these last five years -- if I had to say what was my favorite game -- it would be Game 6 in Houston last year. Holy s--t. This defines our team. This game defines what our guys are about.
We had a possession late in the game that sealed it basically. Remember, Steph and Draymond were running that side pick-and-roll over and over again and Steph was going nuts.
The final dagger was -- Houston had adjusted, they double teamed Steph, he hits Draymond in the pocket, they come over to rotate to Draymond, he hits Andre along the baseline and Andre kicks it back to Klay for a 3-pointer.
That play to me defines what our team has been about for the last five years. The ball movement, the spacing, the beautiful vision and awareness of Andre and Draymond, and the lethal play of Steph and Klay."
8-10. In Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, the Warriors -- facing elimination -- led the Toronto Raptors 95-91 with less than six minutes remaining. But the Raptors went on a big run and led 103-97 with just over two minutes and 30 seconds left.
Klay got things going in the right direction with a 3-pointer to make it 103-100 at the 2:32 mark. These two shots followed:
Warning: If you’re a “Steph Curry just doesn’t make clutch shots” person, you should close your eyes pic.twitter.com/7mloUkaA0c— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
When you look up “smart, composed team basketball” in the dictionary, this is what you find: pic.twitter.com/x3lZcTWyqG— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 28, 2020
The "Splash Brothers" have provided the Warriors and their fans some incredible memories.
And everybody associated with the Dubs is hoping they force this article to be updated over the next couple of years.
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