Stephen Curry Finally Goes Clutch, Breaks 10 Year Run to Smother Celtics in OT

Published 12/20/2023, 9:51 AM EST

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Stephen Curry unleashed hell on the Boston Celtics in the overtime on Tuesday evening matchup in his home court in San Francisco. Curry led the Warriors to a spectacular comeback after the game was tied at 116-116. This comeback came after Curry missed in the last game against the Portland Blazers. His streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer was broken after he went 0-of-8 from the 3-point line. However, he was never out of form and that was just one bad day. He again proved to the doubters why he is hailed as the greatest shooter of all time when the stakes are high.  

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Steph sank the Boston Celtics with his final clutch dagger for a 132-126 points win. He overall contributed with 33 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds. Curry had just 13 points and five fouls but the end of the third quarter. He hit back at the Celtics without picking up another foul. 

Curry is most effective in clutch situations

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Steph put on a 20-point clinic in the 4th quarter and OT to fuel the comeback. It was a historic match, as he now has the most 4th quarter points per minute over the last decade. Steph’s performance in this season proves that he is most efficient as a clutch player and his stats in the fourth quarter/OT back it up.

In the non-clutch situations that he has played (144 playing minutes), he scored 117 points with a 43.5% field goal percentage and a 37.8% three-point percentage, resulting in a 60.8% true shooting percentage. The Warriors had a -42 point differential during these minutes. 

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Now let us look at Curry in clutch situations. In 72 minutes of clutch situations, he scored 91 points with a 51.0% field goal percentage and an improved 48.3% three-point shooting accuracy, contributing to a 73.4% true shooting percentage. This means the team’s plus/minus rose to +30 when Curry cooked during those crucial moments. He truly outshines under pressure. 

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Steph scored 7 points in the overtime against the Celtics after hitting a 3-pointer clutch with 10.6 seconds left to seal the game. The win against the Celtics was a crucial one given that the team was trailing behind by 17 points. This marks the Warriors’ biggest comeback of the season. 

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Chetan Kumar

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Chetan is an NBA content writer at Essentially Sports. Being an active basketball player since his school days, he has always been a dedicated follower of the NBA. His passion for the game has drove him to pursue a career in sports journalism.
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