(2007) When Steph Curry & Russell Westbrook Faced Off in College
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As the NBA world salivates thinking about the upcoming Thunder and Warriors series with Russell Westbrook going against Steph Curry, let’s flashback to 2007 when the two superstars faced off during their college days.
The date was December 8th, 2007 and the Saturday game was the John Wooden Classic, featuring Steph Curry’s Davidson Wildcats and the #7 ranked UCLA Bruins, which featured future NBA players Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Kevin Love, Darren Collison and Russell Westbrook.
Showing no fear of the Bruins starpower, the Wildcats jumped out to a 32-14 run to start the game. That early run consisted of 4 consecutive 3-pointers from Davidson, surprisingly, none from Curry. The Bruins then went on their own run behind Mbah a Moute’s offense, the rebounding of Kevin Love and impressive team lock-down defense.
Curry, who was on a 34 game streak of scoring in double-figures, finished with a team-high 15 points but was held to just 8 points in his final 20 minutes, thanks to the defense of Westbrook.
“He did a great job chasing me all game and made it tough for me to get easy shots,” Curry said.
The Bruins also shot 67% in the 2nd half while out rebounding Davidson 37-18.
“We came into the season wanting to compete and win a couple of these games,” Curry said after the 75-63 loss. “It’s very disappointing to have these opportunities and not capitalize on them.”
Flash forward to the present day, a day when a bunch of players on the Rockets and Blazers are saying the exact same thing after not capitalizing on Curry’s injury during the first couple of rounds of the 2016 playoffs. A day when a match-up between the two not so popular college players from 2007 is now one of the biggest headlines in sports.