Stephen Curry went pure Houdini during Golden State's 106-98 home win over the Clippers on Sunday, worming his way through four defenders with a series of dribble moves before draining a step-back three-pointer to the delight of the Oracle Arena crowd.
With a little under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and Golden State leading 62-52, Curry received a dribble handoff from Andrew Bogut outside the three-point line at the left angle. Curry first used a stutter crossover dribble with his left hand to avoid Matt Barnes. From there, he went through the legs from right to left and then immediately behind the back from left to right to split DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, a combination that left Paul grasping the air.
Reversing course, Curry next dribbled back away from the paint to avoid a helping Spencer Hawes, eventually retreating to the top of the arc, where he launched a twisting, step-back three-pointer over the top of Paul. The shot swished through cleanly, as if there was ever any doubt. Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only smile at the magic act as his bench celebrated.
Curry finished with 12 points and four assists in the win. Draymond Green scored a game-high 23 points and added six assists for Golden State.
Chris Paul tallied 14 points, 11 assists and five rebounds for the Clippers. Austin Rivers added a team-high 22 points and three rebounds off the bench.
The Warriors improved to 49-12. The Clippers fell to 40-23.