LOS ANGELES – It looked, for a fleeting moment, as if Chris Paul had downed a fifth of rum and was trying to roller skate on ice, in the middle of a basketball game.
It ended in disaster for Paul, the Clippers point guard who on Tuesday night got caught up in the Stephen Curry vortex and ended up on the humiliation end of a highlight segment that will be shown and reshown for years to come.
"That play might have kicked us into gear," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
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With a little more than two minutes left in the second quarter and the Warriors trailing by nine, Paul was trying to defend Curry on the baseline. He paid a steep price.
Curry essentially faked Paul – a four-time All-Defensive team selection – out of his mind, off his feet and onto the floor. The full-body collapse looked all the worse for Paul's valiant but vain attempt to prevent it.
"I didn't get a good look," Warriors center Andrew Bogut said, "but I'm sure there will be a lot of memes. I'm looking forward to getting on Instagram and Twitter."
With Paul on the floor like a boxer separated from his senses, Curry then spun and nailed the 10-foot jumper that enlivened the Warriors bench while sending a wave of sound and animation through the astonished the sellout crowd at Staples Center
"That man is tough," Paul said. "Obviously, he has a great handle; you saw that.
"My college coaches used to say that basketball is a team game, played by individuals," Paul said. "So, luckily for me, we do not play one-on-one every night."
It was, for Curry, one more "Wow" moment in a season filled with so many it would be quite a contest to decide which is most spectacular.