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Thybulle took it upon himself to stop Steph's record pursuit

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Steph and Thybulle

Everyone knew Steph Curry hitting 10 3-pointers in the Warriors' game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night would be a tall task. While he has made that many in a single game 22 times in his career, he hasn't done it this season.

76ers defensive star Matisse Thybulle, who was inserted into the 76ers starting lineup for Danny Green, made sure it was impossible for Curry to break Ray Allen's NBA record for most career 3-pointers.

Curry was held to just 3-of-14 from 3-point range in the Warriors' 102-93 loss to the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center and now has 2,967 threes in his career. He enters the game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday -- presuming he plays -- needing six 3-pointers to tie Allen (2,973) and seven to break the record.

Thybulle, who was a 2020-21 All-Defensive Second Team selection, was on a mission to prevent Curry from setting the record on his home floor.

"It was no secret that he's going for this record right now and [Joel Embiid] and I talked today during shootaround and he said 'We're not letting it happen in our house,' " Thybulle told ABC's Lisa Salters after the game. "So I took it upon myself to make sure it didn't."

Thybulle hounded Curry all night long. The Warriors' star played 36 minutes, while the 76ers' wing played 34 minutes. Thybulle entered the game averaging 24.6 minutes per game and now has exceeded 30 minutes in just five of the 20 games he has played this season.

 

The third-year pro did an excellent job on Curry, but he admitted following him around all night was the toughest part of the assignment.

"I mean, his conditioning," Thybulle told Salters. "To be able to go that pace for the whole game for as long as he plays, to be active and engaged in every play, it's not a fun job trying to chase him."

With Thybulle and the 76ers trying to take away the 3-pointer in the first half, Curry attacked the rim, evenly distributing his field goal attempts (six 2-point field goals and six 3-point field goals). But in the second half, Curry got away from that gameplan. All eight of his shots after halftime were 3-point field goals and he finished 1-of-8 from behind the arc in the second half.

"I thought he did that in the first half quite a bit," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said when asked about Curry being aggressive in the first half. "He got to the rim a couple times. He was patient. Had a couple mid-rangers, but again, I give Thybulle credit. I thought he was fantastic defensively. He's a rare combination of length and athleticism and brains and he did as good a job on Steph as anybody I've seen in a long time."

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The good news for Curry is that he doesn't have to worry about Thybulle for the rest of the regular season. But if the Warriors and 76ers happen to meet in the NBA Finals in June, the eventual 3-point king is going to have to figure out how to get free from Thybulle's vice grip.