WATCH: When Blake Griffin And Steph Curry Met In An Iconic College Duel

Published 12/15/2020, 2:30 PM EST


Steph Curry and Blake Griffin were two of the most exciting players heading into the 2009 Draft. As we know, Griffin ended up going first overall that year. Meanwhile, Steph Curry fell to number seven. Their careers have shaped up differently. Both have enjoyed a lot of success, but Steph’s career has clearly superseded Griffin’s.

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While Griffin is a multiple time all-star and All-NBA player, Curry changed the game of basketball. He made three-point shooting the primary skill for every player, winning two MVPs and three championships in the process. However, Curry wasn’t projected to be this influential coming into the league.

December 12, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

But maybe Curry had given everyone a taste of his ability in college? Wouldn’t it be perfect if Curry had a historic night against Griffin, the College Player of the Year, when they met in the NCAA calendar?

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That is exactly what happened when Steph’s Davidson Wildcats faced off against Griffin’s Oklahoma Sooners.

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Steph and Blake had a war on this night. Griffin opened the scoring in the game with a layup, but Curry kept dishing times to his teammates in the early goings. Curry missed his first few shot attempts, having to go to the line to open his scoring book. They kept trading buckets in a tense first half, which ended with Griffin’s Sooners four points in the lead.

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Oklahoma had gone into the game as the favorites, being the 12th ranked team in the country that year. Davidson were ranked opposition as well, primarily because of Curry’s talent. As the game went on, Curry caught on fire. He single-handedly kept Davidson in the game, who were themselves facing a Griffin onslaught. They kept sending him to the line, and he duly responded by converting those shots.

Curry also saw the free-throw line a lot, going there 14 times to Griffin’s 12. Both of them missed one shot between them, that coming from Griffin.

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At the end of the game, Curry had shattered his college’s scoring record with a 44 point outing. Griffin had 25 points, but with 21 rebounds in a monster display. That was enough for Oklahoma to take the win and cap this fantastic matchup from 2009.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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