SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry’s buzzer-beater jumper sealed the Golden State Warriors’ 105-103 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Curry and the Warriors celebrated a regular season victory over a tanking team as if it were about to win a title. Appropriate, the team said, given the team’s recent foul play in which they lost seven of their last 10 matches.
“We have been struggling for a while. To stay in that game and come back the way we did. Stef took an amazing shot,” said Kevon Looney. “Had a chance to celebrate with him, it was an amazing The feeling was there. Hopefully this is something we can move forward and start playing basketball better.”
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A spirit lifter was also a historical buzzer-beater. Curry said it was his first career walk-off buzzer beater.
“It’s a different feeling when it’s a walk-off,” Curry said. “It’s good to finally know what it feels like.”
The Warriors say it was the team’s first since Andre Iguodala scored a hit against the Atlanta Hawks in November 2014.
Curry has hit several last-second game-winners, eight to be exact. But never a buzzer-beater, not since high school.
His shot to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime in February 2016 is probably Curry’s most famous game-winner across the world. Nearly half-hearted attempts were made to secure the Warriors’ resounding victory and mark one of the franchise’s coveted regular season games.
But the shot left .6 seconds on the clock. No buzzer-beater.
Curry made two hits in 2018, a lap against the Los Angeles Clippers to give the Warriors a 129-127 win and a three-point winner against the Dallas Mavericks to break a tie with three seconds remaining.
Curry had two in 2013/14, including a game-winning jumper against the Mavericks that left .1 second on the clock. With just about two seconds left on the clock against a buzzer-beater and a Boston Celtics. He hit a game-winning three-pointer against the Orlando Magic at the start of the 2014/15 season—a spark that began a season in which the Warriors formally introduced themselves as a basketball dynasty, and Curry It’s King.
His first game-winning three, of course, came in 2013 against the Mavericks (their first of three), with 1.5 seconds left on the clock.