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Stephen Curry captures magic of Warriors’ Oracle Arena

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada | USA TODAY Sports

There’s something about the Golden State Warriors that keep viewers of the NBA and fans of the team running back.

It’s not just the “Splash Brothers” (Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson), nor the youth movement in Oakland. It’s the magical clutch moments that occur on a regular basis in Oracle Arena.

The Warriors’ most recent addition to this growing collection was their win against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

The Mavericks entered the game 4-7 away from their home court, while the Warriors were 6-2. But, despite the records, the Mavericks led at the end of three quarters by six points. They were even up as much as 18 in the second quarter. But, then, this: 

While the tweet wasn’t ground-breaking, it was the timing of it. It’s not a stretch to call it out, but it is poetic how it plays out. That night belonged to Curry and Draymond Green, who did his best impression of Andre Iguodala. The crowd spent the latter half of the fourth quarter on its feet. It was Curry with a three, then a floater, then a contested jumper, or a glide off a screen for a three-pointer. It was vintage Curry. Then it was Green with a defensive stop or an impossible shot or another great offensive rebound. Green’s biggest play was the big three-pointer with 49.9 seconds left to play that gave the Warriors its lead.

Curry ended his night with 33 points and 10 assists and the last-second dagger that won the game:

It wasn’t how Curry played, it was the entire team’s effort in the second half that was most impressive. While Alexander called it in a tweet prediction, it was clear that Oracle possesses magical moments.

These nights are what the NBA should be about — beautiful basketball. If the Warriors comeback doesn’t do it for you, then it’s time to find another sport. 

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada | USA TODAY Sports

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Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee is a sports and video game journalist born and raised in Southern California. Great at finding the important detail. He has written for publications like IGN.com, 1UP.com, Rotowire.com, and SBNation.

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