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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul reportedly prevented Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry from practicing at the Toyota Center in Houston the night before Game 6.
According to a report from The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, Curry booked the court from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday night to get some additional work in, but Paul attempted to thwart Curry’s plans.
“[Paul] decided to go to the Toyota Center to get shots up, nixing Curry’s reservations,” Thompson reported. “The Warriors’ point guard offered to stick to half a court but Paul wasn’t having it. Curry was kicked off the Toyota Center court.”
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Curry got his revenge after scoring 33 points in the second half of Game 6 and eliminating Paul’s Rockets from the postseason for the second consecutive season.
After the game was over, Curry apparently yelled, “Kick me off the court again, boy!” just outside the Warriors’ locker room, and now we know why.
The Warriors’ star was held scoreless in the first half, but came alive in the second.
“I was terrible,” Curry said of his first half performance. “I obviously didn’t make a shot. I was fouling. I think about the only thing I did well was not turn the ball over. I find a positive in everything.”
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Curry scored 16 points in the final five minutes of regulation, and his free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining iced the game for the Warriors.
The Warriors will play either the Denver Nuggets or Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals beginning next week.
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