PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers have turned the hourglass to at least delay Stephen Curry’s inevitable entry into NBA history.
Philadelphia achieved the goal of preventing Curry from overtaking Hall of Famer Ray Allen on his home turf as the all-time 3-point league leader, while also achieving the larger goal of beating the Golden State Meteorics. Warriors, 102-93, Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Entering the game with 10 3-pointers to get past Allen, Curry didn’t get a point-blank shot until 1:45 am left before intermission. By the time all seconds had passed, Golden State was 12 for 48 on a 3-point range, with Curry just 3 for 14.
Credit Sixers coach Doc Rivers for devising the game plan that neutralized Curry. Thybulle and other players, such as greats Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond – who came out often to pass the Warriors point guard on the perimeter – executed the strategy to perfection. Philadelphia forced Curry to work tirelessly to steal any burst of daylight on most shots.
A third-year veteran, Thybulle entered Saturday’s competition with just five starts under his belt, the last in a Nov. 27 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rivers moved Thybulle into the starting lineup in place of Danny Green, who had started in 16 of Philadelphia’s 19 outings before the clash against Golden State.
Thybulle recorded two blocks on Curry 3, the first player to return a pair of long-range attempts from Steph in the same game.
On Wednesday, Curry netted six 3-pointers against the Portland Trail Blazers to bring his all-time total to 2,964 3 points, just 10 from passing Allen. But the Sixers reduced Curry’s tap 3 to a slow drop (he finished 3 for 14 on a 3-point range).
Curry still managed to take another step forward: by stroking a 3-point line against the Sixers, Curry has now hit at least a bucket of depth in 150 consecutive regular-season games played, which ranks as the second longest. 3 point streak in NBA history, behind only its own previous streak of 157 straight games with at least one 3 points.
Stephen Curry has now scored three points in 150 straight regular-season games, the second longest three-point streak in NBA history behind his own previous streak of 157 straight games.
– Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) 12 December 2021
At Curry’s current rate (averaging over five 3’s per game), he appears to be on course to catch up to or pass Allen in the next few road games, with the Warriors facing off against Indiana and New York in televised outings. nationals on December 13th and 14th.
Current leader of this week’s Kia MVP Ladder, Curry knocked down 105 3 points in his first 19 games this season to break his own NBA record (20 games) for the fewest games to reach 100 3 points in one season, according to at the Elias Sports Office.
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