Stephen Curry’s Heroics Were Matched By Jarrett Jack’s Anti-Heroics In Last Night’s Loss

A lights-out performance from the league’s best pure shooter couldn’t stop a huge San Antonio comeback and Game 1 win.

Let’s be clear: Stephen Curry shoots the ball better than anyone right now. It’s not even close, when you can do what he did in the third quarter last night. Here’s all 22 of his points in that frame:

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It’s like Curry has already kicked off his 2013-14 MVP campaign. Without him, the Warriors are nowhere close to competitive with the Spurs, a team they hadn’t beaten in San Antonio since 1997.

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But the Spurs mounted a furious comeback to end regulation on an 18-2 run, capped off by this shriek-inducing three-pointer, which Danny Green hit after the Warriors’ Jarrett Jack got lost guarding him.

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Amazingly, the Warriors almost pulled the game out in double OT after being down 5 with a minute to play, as rookie Kent Bazemore (who?) gliding in for a transition up-and-under layup with a few seconds to play.

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Ah, but Manu Ginobili…Manu Ginobili will make you feel pain, opposing fan, sooner or later. This is the shot Warriors players/fans/coaches/executives will be seeing in years of nightmares. Who blew the assignment? It seems to be Jarrett Jack.

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The Warriors had one last chance. Richard Jefferson inbounded the ball to Jack, who took a less-than-optimal shot from straight-away three-point land. Good night, Golden State.

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In the end, Steph Curry’s 44 points and 11 assists weren’t enough to save Golden State, but if we get six more games like this one? Dare to dream.

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