Coming into Thursday night’s late matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, it would have been pretty easy for anyone looking forward to the 2013-14 NBA season to tell you that the contest had the chance to be one of the most exciting matchups of the young season.
The great part about the Association is that, sometimes, the much-hyped matchups live up to every bit of the high expectations that people have for them. This game between the Warriors and Clippers fits that bill perfectly as we not only got to see two of the better teams in the Western Conference face off, but also got to see two of the best point guards in the league in Stephen Curry and Chris Paul in what was essentially the NBA’s version of a heavyweight title fight.
Paul finished the night with a monstrous line as the veteran leader of the Clips and the best point guard in the league. In 37 minutes on the floor, Paul finished the night with an absurd 42 points, 15 assists, two rebounds and six steals. Curry, not to be outdone, answered Paul to the best of his abilities by putting up 38 points, nine assists and three boards, including shooting 9-14 from beyond-the-arc.
Throwing aside the 17 turnovers (11 for Curry, six for Paul) that the two point guards combined for in the matchup, this game transcended any kind of deep analysis that I could provide. The performances that Curry and Paul submitted in the 126-115 Clippers win were what make basketball fun and so addictive. Players get hot all of the time, but it’s completely different and more mesmerizing when it’s star players or players doing it on a big stage and when they are just on another planet of productivity. In the end, sometimes basketball is just plain fun, which should definitely be appreciated.