‘This One’s for Klay’: Warriors’ Stephen Curry Dedicates Three-Point Contest Win to Teammate Klay Thompson

Published 03/08/2021, 1:14 AM EST
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate after winning the NBA All-Star 3 Point Contest at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


There is little doubt that Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter of all-time. But he only had one NBA Three-Point Contest victory to show for it. Last night, Curry earned the second title of his career, after falling short in the 2018-19 edition.

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During the first round, Curry was at his record-breaking best as he scored 31 points out of 40, which is the highest first-round total of all-time. In the final round, he set up a clash against Utah Jazz veteran Mike Conley. It was his first-ever appearance at the contest, and he gave Curry a run for his money.

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He scored 27 points but was eclipsed by Curry, who edged him out with 28 points to clinch the title. His teammate Klay Thompson was the last Warrior to win this title, and Curry dedicated this win to him.

“The Splash Brothers are back! This one’s for Klay,” Curry said in a video posted on Instagram. He extended the tribute in the caption, where he wrote, “@klaythompson had to snag some hardware for you.”

Can Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson return to being the best backcourt in the league next season?

The Splash Bros Curry and Klay were the best backcourt in the league a few years ago. They won three titles together and made a total of five NBA Finals. Not only did they kill defenses with their shooting, but also with their insane off-ball movement. Few teams in the league were as coordinated on offense as they were.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) is congratulated by teammate Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) after Curry sinks a three-pointer in the final minute of the game in the fourth quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Golden State defeats Brooklyn 93-86. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Curry and Klay were also the most entertaining duo in the league and made the Warriors fun to watch. Their brilliance in the last decade is why the Warriors have become such a popular team among the young audience.

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They have also changed how the game is played. Over the years, many players in the NBA have been three-point specialists. But none of their game styles impacted their peers as the Splash Bros have. The league’s most preferred way to score is the three-point shot now, and the average three-point attempts are only going up every season.

One cannot predict how Thompson will be when he returns after a two-year absence next season, but his return will definitely excite fans across the league.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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