LOS ANGELES (KRON) — On the same day word leaked that ESPN The Magazine ranked Steph Curry the second best point guard in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors star sent hoops fans into a frenzy with a crippling behind-the-back crossover that dropped Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, the No. 1 ranked PG in the league.
In the April 13 “Point Guard Issue,” Curry lost the top spot due mostly to Paul’s great defense, but he landed the magazine’s cover shot next to the headline, “THE HOOP BEHIND THE HYPE.”
During Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles against the Clippers, Curry put the hype on display and showed why the magazine should recount their votes. Curry’s early April fool’s gag on Paul — a shake-and-bake behind-the-back crossover — left the league’s best defender breakdancing.
A closer look at the replay of Curry’s vicious dribble — shown on television and the unforgiving social media networks — shows Paul losing his balance and falling to the court. Curry then drained a smooth jumper for the finishing touch.
“I snaked through the paint and [Paul] was trailing and I thought I could make a move back to the basket,” Curry said. “Somewhere with the creativity in between doing the double move … I saw him go down [and] I knew I had to shoot it and see what happens.”
Curry finished with 27 points in the Warriors 110-106 win.
— Dougie F (@Dougiefmusic) April 1, 2015