The side story of Seth and Stephen Curry facing off in the Western Conference finals reached its conclusion Monday night, but not without some late drama.
The Golden State Warriors clinched a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers with a dramatic comeback and a 119-117 Game 4 win in overtime.
Their victory required a rally from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and overcoming a late blunder from Stephen in the final seconds of regulation.
With less than 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Steph drove to the basket with the game tied at 111 and had his shot blocked by Meyers Leonard. He recovered the ball and found himself open on the baseline for a go-ahead jumper.
But Steph being Steph, he decided that three is better than two and stepped behind the 3-point line to drain the big bucket.
The only thing is, he forgot to dribble. Stephen clearly traveled, and the bucket was waved off.
Seth was all over it
The officials weren’t the first ones to recognize the violation. Stephen’s little brother Seth, a guard for the Blazers, was standing on the sideline next to Stephen when he launched the shot.
He saw the travel. And in case there was any doubt remaining about where loyalties lie between the brothers in the playoffs, Seth cleared it right up.
He saw his brother travel and immediately looked to the refs with an impassioned plea signaling the violation. Blood or no blood, Seth wanted the win just as bad as Stephen did.
Sadly for Seth, the Warriors were the better team in overtime and put a nail in the series, completing the 4-0 sweep.
Brotherly love after final buzzer
After the game, it was all love between the brothers and intense competitors.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 21, 2019
“Somebody had to lose,” Stephen told ESPN’s Doris Burke after the game. “This is just the beginning for him and his career in terms of being on this stage. He’s showed a lot of people, not only does he belong, but he can play big minutes in a playoff game.
“We’ll remember this for the rest of our lives.”
It was a tough series for Seth and the Blazers, but there’s no shame for the younger Curry, who continued in the playoffs to prove his value in the league after fighting through the G League to earn his spot on an NBA roster.
For Stephen, who was the hero of the game with a 37-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, competing with and beating his brother was surely a highlight of his brilliant career.
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