Video: Stephen Curry Drains Insane Buzzer-beater from Spurs' Three-point Line

Stephen Curry has defied the odds time and again during a stellar NBA career but his buzzer-beater against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night was special even by his lofty standards.

With the Golden State Warriors trailing by three points and just 1.8 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the two-time NBA MVP received a pass from Shaun Livingston and threw up a shot from the Spurs' three-point line.

In other words, the 31-year-old was well inside the Warriors' own half of the court when he released his shot. Curry being Curry, the ball gently ricocheted off the glass and into the basket as the Warriors' bench erupted, while Spurs players could only look on in disbelief.

"I might be delusional, but every time I shoot it, I feel like it's going in," he was quoted as saying by ESPN after the game. "You kind of know right away whether it has a chance or not. Some of them are in and out, it's close, whatever. That one felt great, I was running after [it]. A cool way to end the quarter, I just wish we had gotten the win, too."

The shot was measured as a 61-foot three-pointer, making it the longest shot anyone has hit in the NBA this season.

The three-pointer was also the longest Curry has ever hit during a regular season, but it fell short of the 62-footer he drained in a playoff game.

Aside from the three-time NBA champion, only three players have scored more than one shot from 50 feet out over the last decade.

Curry finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists but shot just nine-of-25 from the field as the Warriors lost 111-105 in San Antonio.

Golden State trailed by 11 points at halftime before closing the gap to four heading into the final quarter, but saw its comeback eventually ran out of steam as its bench was outscored 41-25 by the Spurs.

The loss leaves the defending NBA champions 47-22 for the season, joint-top of the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets and 3.5 games ahead of the Houston Rockets, the current third seed.

San Antonio instead improved to 42-29, drawing level with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the fifth-best record in the conference. However, the momentum is firmly with the Spurs, who have won nine games in a row, while the Thunder have lost their last three.

"That's the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the Associated Press. "They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win."

The win over Golden State also meant Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich clinched a winning record for the 22nd consecutive season. San Antonio has finished with a record below .500 only once which was during Popovich's first season when he took over from Bob Hill with the team 3-15.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a play against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on February 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
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