This stat shows Steph’s fourth-quarter excellence this season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Steph Curry is pretty clutch.
No, really. His performances in the fourth quarter so far this season have put him at the top of the league’s leaderboard.
Given what Curry’s NBA career has entailed so far (two MVP awards, six All-Star berths, three championships, to name a few), this hardly comes as a surprise. But just how good has Curry been down the stretch for Golden State?
Curry has put up a rate of 40.7 points per 36 minutes in the fourth quarter, the best in the NBA. He’s 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) in fourth-quarter two-point field goals and 9-of-20 from 3-point range (45.0 percent). If the game is coming down to the wire, he’s the last person opposing teams want to see at the line, as he’s a perfect 19-of-19 on fourth-quarter free throws.
Curry has already solidified himself as one of the game’s greatest players, so it makes sense he thrives under pressure. It’s more important now than ever that Curry keeps up with his clutch genes, as the absence of Klay Thompson for another season means the Warriors will need plenty of help from their other guards.
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That was on full display Monday night, as a rare off-night from Curry, coupled with a stellar night from Kelly Oubre Jr., resulted in a shocking comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Warriors erased a 19-point deficit to topple LA, 115-113.
Of course, regardless of his earlier struggles, none other than Curry himself sealed the win. With a little over a minute remaining on the game clock, Curry launched a step-back 3-pointer at the top of the arc over an outstreched Anthony Davis to put Golden State up by five.
Surprising? No. Fun to watch? Incredibly.
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