Patrick Beverley on Stephen Curry’s semi-flex, ‘We won’t allow that’
Stephen Curry and Patrick Beverley got into each others’ faces during Sunday’s showdown between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers defense-first guard appeared to take exception of the Warriors superstar flexing in front of him, and tried to slap the ball out of Curry’s hands. Curry didn’t appreciate the gesture, and the two eventually went at it.
Following the game, Beverley spoke about the altercation between the two, courtesy of Jovan Buha of The Athletic:
Patrick Beverley on the double tech with him and Steph Curry: “We won’t allow that. It’s basketball. It’s gonna stay basketball.” pic.twitter.com/NLgcAngrww
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 24, 2018
The two-time MVP has a knack of being a showboat after making an incredible play. And he did, flexing his muscles after grabbing an offensive rebound in the paint. As for Beverley, he is a hard-nosed competitor and does not back down from anyone. He also has a knack of getting under the skin of his defenders.
Curry just happened to do the taunt right in front of his face, though the three-time NBA champion didn’t necessarily do it toward Beverley. Still, the defensive-minded Clippers guard wouldn’t take that without doing anything about it, and tried to swipe the ball off of Curry’s hands.
Curry and Beverley received double technicals for the skirmish, which, fortunately, did not spill over to something more physical or worse, a fight.
Nonetheless, Curry did get the last laugh on the night, sinking the game-winning layup with less than a second remaining to propel the Warriors to a 129-127 victory over the Clippers. Curry finished the night with a game-high 42 points, going 12-of-22 from field, and knocking down six three-pointers.
Beverley, on the other hand, finished with just 10 points in 24 minutes off the bench.