How the Warriors scored 7 points in one possession in the NBA Finals

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Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a three point basket in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals.

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One of the biggest momentum swings in Game 3 of the NBA Finals came when the Golden State Warriors were able to score seven points in one possession on the Boston Celtics.

The play began with 5:08 left in the third quarter, and Steph Curry bringing the ball up the court rather quickly. After Draymond Green set a screen for Curry, shutting out Celtics guard Derrick White, Al Horford dropped back a bit too far and gave Curry enough space to shoot his patented deep three-pointer. When Horford tried to recover defensively, he fouled Curry as the ball went into the hoop, bringing the possibility of a four-point play.

Officials then went to review the play and changed the call on Horford from a common foul to a flagrant foul one because he was in Curry’s landing zone, a call that the Golden State guard actually does not get often. Curry scored the free throw, and the Dubs got possession back per the flagrant foul rules. 

The next play saw the ball make it to the hands of Andrew Wiggins, who drove to the basket and threw a pass to Otto Porter Jr., cutting to the top of the three-point line. Porter’s momentum kept him moving even after he stopped, but he chucked up a shot anyway and it somehow went in. 

The basket cut a nine-point Celtics lead to just a two in a matter of seconds, one of the wildest point swings in postseason basketball history.

ESPN blowhard and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson instantly referenced an infamous play from the 2017 playoffs when former Warriors big Zaza Pachulia injured then-Spurs star Kawhi Leonard by defending him similarly. After that season, officials made it a point of emphasis to call a flagrant foul when a player takes out a shooter’s legs on a closeout, meaning the Warriors inadvertently helped create the circumstance where they were able to score seven points on a single possession.

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