Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis has been a revelation since he entered the NBA with the fourth pick of the 2015 draft. The former Baloncesto Sevilla man has been one of few bright lights in a poor season for the New York Knicks and has made numerous highlight plays with his putback dunks this season.
He added another highlight to his rookie year at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday. The Knicks were at the home of the NBA Champions and succumbed to a 121-85 defeat as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors blew them away.
But while at the Arena - their only visit to the Bay this season - Porzingis used it as a chance to try his arm at Curry's infamous pre-game shot.
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The reigning MVP has a strict ritual during games on his home court and it involves sinking a shot from the entrance of the tunnel. During Knicks practice, the rookie decided to have a go, and he sunk it the first time. You can watch the video of his shot here.
During a shootaround at a San Francisco club, he told reporters: "I made it on the first try and just walked away. I had no doubt in my mind I was going to make it. It's a practice shot."
Curry was asked about the shot before the game on Wednesday evening and joked that he was not impressed by his accomplishment due to Porzingis' height and wingspan. But when he was told the youngster managed it at the first attempt, he changed his mind.
The European talent was powerless to stop the Warriors as the Western Conference leaders marched on to their 61st win of the campaign and 50th straight home victory in the regular season.
Personally, it was a night the 20-year-old would like to forget as he was restricted to a solitary bucket throughout his 25 minutes and 47 seconds of action. He shot just one of 11 from the field and missed three shots from behind the arc. One blocked shot, three assists, and seven rebounds were all Porzingis had to show for his efforts as he turned the ball over twice.
On the other hand, Curry had another fantastic night as he continues his charge to a second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. The point guard, who leads the league in points per game, finished the night with 34 and shot 12 of 20 from the field. He also finished with eight buckets from deep as he shot 61.5 percent behind the arc.
The win for the Warriors means they have won their last four encounters with the franchise from the Big Apple. The Knicks' last win - an 89-84 success - against the Dubs came at the Oracle in March 2014.