The much-vaunted NBA Avengers event last night was a matchup between Stephen Curry’s Warriors and Zion Williamson’s Pelicans.
Stephen Curry dropped 41 points on 14-of-26 shooting last night. This was his 6th 40-point game in his last 15 appearances. His dominance ensured that the Warriors took the W on a night when Zion Williamson racked up 32 points yet again.
Stephen Curry splashed an unreal, NBA-record 96 3-pointers in the month of April. He looks in no mood to relent, connecting on 8 more of his 18 3-point looks on the night.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 4, 2021
At this rate, it is conceivable that Steph may end up with the 4th-best shooting season of all time. He is currently at the 299 mark, and his Warriors have 7 more games till the play-in tournament. Curry has every chance of breaking his mark of 324 from the 2016-17 season.
NBA Avengers: How ESPN and Marvel meshed together for the ambitious crossover
Richard Jefferson and Ryan Ruoco were in the commentary box for this game. Their enthusiastic calls added flair to an already spectacular crossover, which had the following scoring system:
“Every point, rebound, assist, steal or block wins one Marvel Hero Point. But any missed field goal, free throw or turnover means a Hero Point gets deducted.”
ESPN and Marvel have collaborated on sports content before, but last night’s exclusive alternate presentation was truly unique. The telecast integrated elements from the original Marvel story.
Look back at @Zionwilliamson telling the story about the Avengers: Endgame reference he made on Draft night.
— NBA (@NBA) May 3, 2021
Iconic characters including Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Black Widow, and Doctor Strange were featured throughout the live game, including 3D virtual characters, custom graphics and animation packages.
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins (of the Golden State Warriors) and Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball (of the Pelicans) went at each other for the “Champion” title.