Carrying out the Marvel theme throughout ESPN’s broadcast, the game gave basketball and Marvel fans the chance to come together, with three players from each roster playing for Hero Points.
Players received a hero point for each point, bounce, assist, steal, and block, while they had a hero point deducted for each basket, free throw, and turnover missed.
Finishing the night with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three steals and two blocks, Draymond Green passed Steph Curry by a single hero point. Curry delivered another electric scoring performance with 41 of 14-for-26 points from the field, including eight marks from beyond the arc.
– NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2021
” It’s incredible. I was excited about this game, ”Green said in a post-game interview on ESPN. “I have three kids, two who understand Marvel and they watch. I was really excited about this game and I’m happy to have won. “
Green took off in the second quarter, channeling his inner Iron Man for a fierce one-handed jam.
– Warriors of the Golden State (@warriors) May 4, 2021
The Marvel special came from a themed studio, with Ryan Ruocco and Richard Jefferson providing commentary alongside Marvel expert Angelique Roché’s analysis. The presentation of the game was accompanied by colorful graphics on completed blueprints, while some of Marvel’s most famous stars hid in the arena.
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– ESPN (@espn) May 3, 2021
Marvel fun aside, the game had some real post-season implications, with the Pelicans desperately trying to squeeze through the calculations of the Play-In tournament. Including tonight’s game, the Warriors and Pelicans have had three games at home, with New Orleans three games behind the Warriors in the standings.
New Orleans is now three games behind the San Antonio Spurs in tenth and four games behind Golden State in ninth with just seven games to go.
For Curry, it was the continuation of a breathtaking basketball patch, with the scoring explosion providing his ninth 40-point game of the season and his six in the last 15 games. Over the 15-game streak, Curry is averaging 37.1 points, scoring 6.9 3-point marks per game at a 47.1% clip.
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