The veteran point guard deployed the devastating dangle in the second quarter of the Rockets' 127-105 win Wednesday at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Houston and Golden State are now locked at 1-1 in the Western Conference finals series.
The Rockets led 60-45 with 1:30 remaining in the first half when Curry manned up against Paul. The Rockets star dribbled between his legs beyond the 3-point line, standing face to face with the Warriors sharpshooter.
Paul then took his dribble to Curry's left hip, appearing as if he wanted to go around en route to the rim. Instead, Paul tossed the basketball behind his back and changed direction. The skilled dribble move fooled Curry, making his ankles go in different directions and forcing him to fall onto the floor.
Paul then fired a pass on the baseline to P.J. Tucker for an uncontested slam dunk.
The Rockets star scored 16 points and had six assists, four rebounds and three steals in the win. James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points for the Rockets. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 38 points for the Warriors. Curry had 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the loss.
"We just played at a better pace," Paul told reporters. "A lot of it helped too that we got stops. We defended better. We got out in transition ... we just played with a little bit more thrust." Game 3 of the Wester Conference finals