Where do Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson rank among the best back-to-back games in NBA history?
Whenever the Warriors go on national television, it feels like having a conversation about the best games in NBA history.
There’s a good reason for that: Golden State is home to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, one of the league’s most dynamic duos over the past decade. breaks record and compete for the championship.
There’s no doubt that Curry and Thompson form one of the best trails we’ve ever seen, but are they the the best?
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To answer that question, five members of our Sporting News staff – Gilbert McGregor, Micah Adams, Carlan Gay, Jordan Greer and my self – ranked who they believe are the 10 best back-to-back games in NBA history. We then use a points system – 10 points for first place, 9 points for second place, 8 points for third place, etc – to come up with the following list.
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10. Chris Paul and James Harden, Rockets
Their time together was short, but the Rockets combined 118-46 in two seasons Paul and Harden were teammates. Their crowning record pushed a Warriors team built with four all-time talents Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green to seven games in the 2018 Western Conference Finals. Got a hamstring injury? causing Paul to lose the last two games of the series, both of which the Rockets lost, they presumably advanced to the Finals.
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9. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, Lakers
Bryant and Fisher won five titles during their time as teammates at the Lakers. 18-time All-Star with two MVP Finals and one MVP award, Bryant’s accomplishments say it all, but Fisher was the Lakers’ starting point guard for four of the five championships they won. won together and is known for his one-time heroes. . As a career 3-pointer 37.4% of his career, Fisher proved to be an ideal runner for Bryant in the back lane.
8. Michael Jordan and Ron Harper, Bulls
Harper was another player when he joined the Bulls. While he began his career as a goalscorer, he became a pro at playing alongside Jordan in Chicago, reinventing himself as a locked-in siege defender. Starting from point guard, Harper played a key role in the second three of Chicago. As for Jordan, he overtook LeBron James to take 1st place in SN’s the highest peak series. He’s got himself a decent career. No disrespect to Harper, but honestly… you can pick any fan from the stands, put them next to 23rd and we’ll put them in the top 10.
7. Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe, Knicks
Both Frazier and Monroe found their way in The team celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NBA. Monroe was already a two-time All-Star by the time he joined the Knicks in 1971, but he had already earned two more plays alongside Frazier, who had made a total of seven All-Star appearances in his college career. its Hall of Fame. Frazier (21.9) and Monroe (16.1) were the top scorers for New York in the team’s championship in 1973.
6. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Spurs
Parker and Ginobili were two pillars of one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. Parker was one of the best points defenders in the league during his prime, winning six All-Star picks and a 2008 Finals MVP award, though Ginobili came on from the bench. reserves for most of his career, he was one of the best sixth men in tournament history and the game often played alongside Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker and Ginobili won four championships together in San Antonio.
5. Magic Johnson and Byron Scott, Lakers
The Showtime Lakers are backed by the All-Star Magic trio, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but Scott has been a key part of their three championships. He led the Lakers in scoring with a career-best 21.7 points-per-game during the 1987-88 season. He then averaged 19.6 points per game in the knockout stages, helping Los Angeles win its third championship in four seasons.
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4. Bob Cousy and Sam Jones, Celtics
From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics won 11 championships. Cousy and Jones were teammates on those five titles. Cousy, who leads the league in assists for eight consecutive seasons, used to say that “Sam and Bill Sharman are probably the people most responsible for my getting into the Hall of Fame because whenever I throw them the ball, they put it in the damn hole.” Like Frazier and Monroe, both Cousy and Jones did The team celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NBA.
3. Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, Lakers
In 2015, NBA athlete Pat Riley said Curry and Thompson were “the two most active players in the back lane“he’s seen since West and Goodrich. Between 1970-1974, West averaged 24.6 points (47.9% from the field) and 9.0 assists per game compared to 23. Goodrich’s .2 points (46.6% on shot) and 4.7 assists per game West and Goodrich led the Lakers in scoring in the 1972 championship, the only championship of their careers. their.
2. Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, Pistons
Led by Thomas and Dumars, the Pistons defeated the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals to win the franchise’s first championship. They followed in it by taking down the Trail Blazers in 1990 to make a comeback. The rest of the ’90s were dominated by Jordan and the Bulls, but the Bad Boy Pistons proved to be Jordan’s biggest rival early in his career.
Thomas is one of the best point defenders of all time, and Dumars has won six All-Stars, five All-Defensives and three All-NBA picks during his career.
1. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Warriors
Surprise! Curry and Thompson are considered by many to be the two best shooters in NBA history. Together, they laid the groundwork for one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, resulting in five straight Finals and three championships for Golden State. In 2015-16, Curry and Thompson played a central role in the Warriors recording a 73-9 record, setting the NBA record for most wins in a season.
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The scary part? Curry and Thompson’s story together is still being written.