WATCH: Warriors Stephen Curry Sinks Insane Buzzer Beater Against Lakers in NBA Play-In Tournament

Published 05/19/2021, 11:47 PM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gets past Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors battled the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Play-in Tournament tonight. While the Lakers may have come in as favorites, Stephen Curry and the Warriors are spoiling their party.

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The Warriors led by 13 at halftime, and those last three points came right at the buzzer. With less than 10 seconds left, Curry dribbled into the Lakers half-court. He skipped past Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis, only to be met by Alex Caruso. But Curry outsmarted him with an audacious step-back three.

Despite Caruso doing his best to contest Curry’s shot, the two-time MVP buried it right at the buzzer. The Lakers had a horrible start to the game and Curry’s buzzer-beater was another sucker punch for them. Caruso is one of the best guard defenders in the league, but Curry reminded him he is one of the best offensive players, not just currently but in the history of the game.

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Stephen Curry: Leading the team from the front

In the most important game of their season so far, Curry isn’t shying away from scoring big. He started the game 5-11 from the field and was 3-6 from the three-point line. He already had 15 points in the first half and was on his way to another 30-point game.

Coming into this game, Curry had not scored 30 points against the Lakers in his last ten games against them. But tonight, he looked determined to end that streak. He had an aggressive start, which was crucial for the Warriors to gain early momentum. However, the Lakers are one of the strongest teams in the league and he had to carry this form into the second half too for them to get the win.

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Could the Warriors pull off this upset?

The Warriors entered the game seeking their first win over the Lakers in three games. They won the first encounter of the season against them, only to lose the next two. So this was also a revenge game for them. Throughout the season, the Warriors have been outdoing expectations, and they were be keen to do it once again.

They needed a defensively resilient performance in the second half, combined with some Curry fireworks to seal the win. It will be a tough task, but they had the tools to pull it off.

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Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and teammates after making a three point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

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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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