Chris Paul nearly exacted revenge on Stephen Curry in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
But alas, his jumper after breaking Curry’s ankles rimmed out, though Paul battled for an immediate putback bucket.
In Game 2 on Wednesday, Paul dropped Curry again, and this time made sure to get his team a high-percentage look.
He found a scorchingly hot P.J. Tucker on a baseline cut for a two-handed slam.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 17, 2018
And here it is from a few more angles.
😳 CP3 dances into the lane ! … Pour le Dunk de PJ Tucker ! #KiaTopPlay
Les #Rocketss’emparent du match 2 [127-105]
James Harden: 27 PTS, 10 REB
Eric Gordon: 27 PTS, 6 3PM
PJ Tucker: 22 PTS, 7 REB, 5 3PM
Chris Paul: 16 PTS, 6 AST
Trevor Ariza: 19 PTS, 6 AST pic.twitter.com/uXM7Bfy5Nq
— NBA France (@NBAFRANCE) May 17, 2018
Did contact between Paul and Curry help send the two-time MVP to the deck? Sure, probably.
But not nearly as much as Paul’s stepping on Curry’s foot during the latter’s now-famed crossover on the former in 2015 helped befall CP3.
Paul’s ankle breaker on Curry wasn’t the only time his hot handles set Tucker up.
— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2018
Tucker played the hero in Houston’s 127-105 victory, scoring 22 points on a strict diet of corner threes and shots at the bucket, usually found in those spots by Paul or James Harden, while playing his calling-card physical defense.
P.J, Tucker scored a career-playoff-high of 22 points while shooting 5-6 on 3-pointers.
He knows where his spot is on the court pic.twitter.com/ZjOKLPMhDj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2018
The series is tied 1-1.