Most Memorable Games from the 2012-13 Golden State Warriors' Season
With another Stephen Curry story this weekend to add to the tale, it's been quite the "leap year" for the guard out of Davidson.
Not only has he become one of the game's best, if not the best, shooter of all time, he's become a complete offensive guard. Let's face it, there aren't many guards in the NBA that can guard full time while playing 30 minutes per game.
Kyrie Irving, Ty Lawson or Damian Lillard, anyone?
It's safe to assume that some of the most memorable games on this list will see Curry in the middle, but it's been a transformative year for the Golden State Warriors as a whole.
The curriculum is very simple here: The games in this list should jump out and immediately bring you back to the time and place you watched the game. Jumping on the couch after another Curry three? High-fiving your bros in between Andrew Bogut blocks?
This list contains the top five most memorable games for one of the most stunning years in Golden State Warriors' history.
For the purposes of the piece, I'll be excluding the two playoff wins so far against the Denver Nuggets. That's a can of corn I'll open up another day.
5. April 17, 2013 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
While it might not be known as the most exciting, it represented what player Curry has become. In the middle of the first half, Curry, after missing several forced threes, finally found one in transition to break Ray Allen's record of all-time threes in a season.
Though it was an inevitable and perhaps trivial statistic, it spiritually validated the special season Curry enjoyed.
He went on to make a couple more and ultimately, he'll break this record a couple more times.
4. April 9, 2013 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Since the unprecedented playoff run in 2007, the Golden State Warriors finally made the playoffs, despite missing heavy games from Bogut and playing three rookies.
The fact that this wasn't so much a surprise as an inevitable outcome speaks to the level of play and coaching that Mark Jackson has done all year.
Fighting for the sixth seed in the Western Conference, the Warriors finally got the proverbial monkey off their back by blowing out the hobbled Timberwolves.
The game itself wasn't memorable, but all the hard work by the execs (Bob Myers) and players led to that moment.
With Brandon Rush and another year of growth for this team next year, the sky is the proverbial limit.
3. March 17, 2013 at Houston Rockets
After being soundly beaten by the Houston Rockets three times in the regular season—including a beatdown so severe, Mark Jackson fouled the Rockets to prevent them from making a record number of threes—the Warriors went into Houston and sent a message.
With Bogut back and grabbing 12 rebounds and Curry pouring in 39 points, the Warriors blew the steam off the Rockets.
This was also important at the time because the Rockets were trying to usurp the sixth seed in the West—they never jumped ahead.
2. February 27, 2013 at New York Knicks
Whatever the New York Knicks threw at him, Curry shot over.
Off screens, around screens, running the baseline and driving to the basket; Curry could not miss from the field.
Without David Lee and not much help on either side of the ball (Tyson Chandler had 3453 rebounds), the Dubs needed a big game from the sharpshooter—and they got one. At one point, he made a spinning three in transition and did the Mark Jackson shimmy all the way down the court, leaving Draymond Green hanging on a high-five.
It was that kind of game for Curry, and that kind of year for the superstar.
1. December 12, 2012 at Miami Heat
It seems like so long ago but this is the moment that put the Golden State Warriors on the map (well, except for ESPN) and finally relieved fans of some angst of your typical fluky Warriors start.
The Warriors hung and clung onto a slim deficit and took over when LeBron James missed several shots at the end and it culminated into a Draymond Green layup with a second left.
The play they ran at the end of the game became the Warriors' signature play—the ribbon or figure-eight run between Klay Thompson and Curry—and it freed up Green for the smart cut to the basket.
There might be louder statements or more exciting games later in the regular season or in the playoffs, but nothing like this one because it simultaneously caught its fans off guard and turned the pundits on to the Cinderella story of the year.