Dell Curry: Steph only went for Thunder buzzer-beater due to exhaustion

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When Steph Curry scored the game-winning points in overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder back on February 27, it instantly became one of this season's most memorable moments.

The Golden State Warriors star's stunning 37-foot pull-up shot with just a few seconds left on the clock epitomised the levels he has reached this season and left many of his NBA peers lost for words.

When most players would have driven to the rim for the two-point attempt, the reigning MVP relied on his exceptional long-range shooting. According to Dell Curry, however, it wasn't his son's faith in making 37-footers that made him take the shot.

Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung relayed what Curry told his old man in the aftermath of the dramatic win:

It is an honest assessment of the moment from Curry and, at a time when that shot and his status is general is a hot topic of discussion, it is nice to see the Dubs star remaining humble in his achievements.

After having already played for almost 38 minutes that night, and having gone for a monster 43 points before his last-second heave, can you really blame the 27-year-old for being a little exhausted?

Considering his energy levels when he made the shot, too, you can't fail but be impressed that he still managed to generate the arm strength to get the ball up and in from such long range.

Incredible range

Fortunately, unlike most other players in this or any other NBA season, Curry's ability to make a shot from virtually any distance meant he had something to fall back on when opting for his 37-footer against OKC.

As a whole, the Golden State point guard's efficiency from way downtown this season is truly staggering.

After following up his shot vs. the Thunder with a half-court basket against the Utah Jazz this week, Curry is now 5-of-13 shots from beyond 39 feet. That's an incredible 38.4-percent - better than a lot of player's three-point shooting in general.good for 38.4 percent

The NBA's top star right now, Curry has drawn criticism from some of the NBA's former stars who argue his long-distance shooting is taking away from the original elements of the game.

For the majority, however, seeing the shots he can come up with on a nightly basis has been one of the highlights of this season.

Unfortunately for those teams who do their best to stop Curry, that is becoming a near-impossible task. Exhaustion, insane distance and intense defense just don't seem to put off the MVP in waiting.

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