Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul and Curry have been rivals for most of the 2010s. It mostly started with Paul and Curry going at it while Paul was with the LA Clippers, and Paul ceded the "best point guard alive" title to a player who won multiple MVPs and championships. It was revealed earlier this month that Paul was something of a mentor to fellow North Carolina native Curry.
Well, Paul had enough of Curry's notorious gesture in Game 5. While Paul struggled in the first half, missing all seven of his field goal attempts, he made a go-ahead 29-foot 3-pointer over Curry's defense to give Houston a 59-57 lead with 6:29 left in the third quarter. It was Paul's third 3-pointer of the quarter.
Afterward, Paul showed Curry his own shimmy:
It was just another moment in what has been a heated series between the Rockets and Warriors and in the rivalry between Paul and Curry. It definitely did not go unnoticed, and that included Curry himself.
"It was well-deserved. It was a tough shot," Curry said of Paul, who left Houston's 98-94 Game 5 win with a hamstring injury. "If you can shimmy on somebody else, you've got to be all right getting shimmied on. So I'll keep shimmying, and maybe he will too."
Here's how others reacted to Paul's moves:
CP3 hits 3 over Steph, shimmies at him
Chris Paul knocks down a trey with Steph Curry all over him, then celebrates by staring at Curry while shimmying.
Curry unleashes the shimmy after 3-pointer
Steph Curry saves a sloppy Warriors possession by knocking down a 3-pointer and then celebrates with a shimmy.
Curry loved learning from CP3
Steph Curry discusses the relationship he had with Chris Paul early in his career, learning about discipline and work ethic in his rookie season.
Steph on CP3's shimmy: 'It was well-deserved'
Steph Curry says if you can shimmy on someone, you can get shimmied on, and he discusses Chris Paul's importance in Game 5.