As the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers were tied at 108 with just over two minutes remaining in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night, Portland guard Seth Curry did his best to try to get inside his older brother's head.
It didn't work.
Down by one, Stephen Curry went to the line with 2:01 remaining for a trio of free throws. After he knocked down the first, he was seen chatting with his brother as he prepared for potential go-ahead free throws:
Steph made the following two free throws to put his team in front, and the Warriors went on to win 114-111.
After the game, Seth revealed what was said during that exchange:
"I was trying to get in his head and jinx him," he said. "He looked over at me and said, 'OK, now it's gonna be 72.' And then he made them both."
Steph went 11-of-11 from the line for the game and has not missed a free throw since Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets, sinking his last 29 attempts. He is now 78-of-82 (95.1 percent) for the postseason.
Steph acknowledged to reporters after the game that Seth had attempted to distract him in the pivotal moment, but the two-time MVP made it clear that he knew how to stay focused:
Game 2 turned into quite the battle between the Currys. Seth went 4-of-7 from three on his way to 16 points, and Steph had a game-high 37.
The series now shifts to Portland with Golden State up 2-0, with tipoff scheduled for Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.