Watch: San Antonio Spurs did something ridiculous to stop Steph Curry shooting a three

This season, Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Steph Curry has made 289 three-point shots – 42 more than teammate Klay Thompson, who has made the second-most threes this year.

Because of that lethalness from beyond the arc, opposing teams go out of their way to stop Curry from getting good looks from deep.

The San Antonio Spurs took that to an extreme level during one play in Wednesday night’s 110-98 loss to Curry and the Warriors, sending three defenders out to put a hand in Curry’s face on a transition play in the second quarter.

Starting at about the 4:30 mark of the below video, watch as several San Antonio defenders jump out to stop Curry from shooting a transition three, leaving Zaza Pachulia wide open for an easy layup:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=yRXm0LnZCK4

It would have been a more emphatic play if Pachulia had rattled the rim with a slam dunk, but he was probably surprised by how wide open he was on the play. Still, it was likely considered a good possession for the Spurs, as they avoided giving up a nearly automatic three to Curry.

Curry finished with a game-high 29 points in Golden State’s victory and also added 11 assists – none easier than the one to Pachulia. Despite trailing by 22 points in the first quarter, Curry told ESPN.com that he and his teammates weren’t going to call it quits and accept a loss:

“You don’t let go of the rope,” Curry said. “Whether it ends up in a win or a loss, you can’t ever feel like you’re out of it. Understanding based on the experiences we’ve had the last three years, we have what it takes to win all sorts of way.”

Golden State improved to an NBA-best 61-14 with the win and are currently on a nine-game winning streak. The Spurs fell to 57-17 and now trail the Warriors by 3.5 games for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

Golden State and San Antonio don’t play each other again in the regular season, but they’ll be considered the favorites to meet in the Western Conference Finals once the playoffs start. If the Warriors have star forward Kevin Durant back by then, they’ll be a tough out, even for a well-balanced San Antonio squad.

The Warriors now have three-straight home games (against Houston, Washington and Minnesota) as they try to enter the playoffs on a hot streak. The Spurs, meanwhile, will have to figure out a better way to slow down Curry when he has the ball in transition if they want to stop Golden State in a potential playoff matchup.

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