That’s one way to stop Steph Curry.
With four minutes left in the third quarter, the Warriors were leading 77-71 when the Smoothie Kings Center went completely black. Curry can be seen with the ball in his hands on the right wing, about to launch and then darkness.
The broadcast crew even joked that Curry “shot the lights out!” Another announcer added, “That’s a different way to defend Curry right there” — a nod to his current record-breaking scoring season.
After a brief delay, the shot clock was reset back to eight seconds to compensate for the blackout, which caused a mystery as to whether or not Curry made the three-pointer.
After the game, Curry said he’s never “seen that one before.”
“They tried to get me, saying I shot it before the lights went out. It’s a weird situation because we were flowing a bit, but I guess after that it was kind of a rough offensive situation. It was a tough game all around,” Curry said.
Following the blackout, Curry only scored two more points. He finished the night with 37 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the Warriors’ 108-103 loss to the Pelicans.
When asked how much of an impact he believed the stoppage down the stretch had, Curry compared the moment to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the lights went out on the Ravens and 49ers. That game was coincidentally was also played in New Orleans — at the Superdome.
“It’s hard to say, but when it was kind of weird in general, but it is what it is,” Curry said.
Despite the lights debacle, Curry still managed to rewrite the history books.
During Tuesday’s game, he became the fastest player to hit 300 3-pointers in a single season — marking his fourth season with 300 threes. Everyone else in NBA history is combined for one, with James Harden accomplishing the feat.
Curry and the 33-33 Warriors are currently No. 8 in the Western Conference.
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