Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson have NBA backcourt duo record for most playoff games with at least 25 points each
The argument for the greatest backcourt duo in the NBA is one that generates plenty of hoopla throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs come to mind, no duo is more feared than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Golden State Warriors backcourt, popularly known as the Splash Brothers, now have the NBA record for most playoff games scoring 25 points each — doing so for the 14th time during Tuesday’s 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Jason Kubatko of StatMuse.
Curry and Thompson shined, combining for 12 of the 17 made threes by the team and finding each other open in several instances against a flawed Blazers defense.
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) May 15, 2019
Curry led the game with 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the floor and 9-of-15 from deep. Thompson made his damage with 26 of his own, bolstering the two-man attack that outscored the trio of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Rodney Hood.
That Splash Brothers connection 🔥 pic.twitter.com/FmcfHkkax4
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The Warriors don’t often make as much use of this deadly combination of all-time elite shooters due to the presence of a scorer like Kevin Durant, but in his absence, they’ve been forced to revisit their old ways and source their scoring through two of the most elite shooters in league history.
Curry and Thompson have played well off of each other throughout the years, and their connection is as smooth as usual, seemingly not missing a beat since the 2015-16 season that saw them win an NBA-record 73 games.
If that stamp in NBA history wasn’t enough to prove their place in the all-time backcourt duo pantheon, their playoff exploits are sure to make a strong contribution to that case.