The Worst Games by the NBA's Best Players

We look at the worst games played by the NBA's best players over their career, like LeBron's abysmal performance in Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry Game 7 NBA Finals 2016 Ref Sidelines
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry Game 7 NBA Finals 2016 Ref Sidelines

The struggle is real, even for the best players on earth. 

As we all know, even the LeBron Jameses, Steph Currys, and Kevin Durants of the world don't put up 30 every night—sometimes they're due for a dud. We've compiled a list of the worst performances by the game's best players, like Curry's woeful Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Even reigning two-time NBA MVPs have an off night. 

So the next time you throw up a bunch of bricks during your run, rest assured that the elite of the NBA can feel your pain. Here are 13 reminders that even the best of the best are still human. 

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook sitting on the NBA court.

Kevin Durant

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Chris Paul

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Kawhi Leonard

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LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge Draymond Green Warriors Spurs 2016

James Harden

James Harden Houston Rockets Bench 2016

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan Clippers Free Throw Line 2016

Draymond Green

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Paul George

Paul George Kawhi Leonard Spurs Pacers 2016

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond Free Throw 2016 Pistons

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard DeAndre Jordan Layup 2016

Steph Curry

Stephen Curry Game 7 NBA Finals Andre Iguodala

Game: Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals vs. Cleveland

Line: 17 PTS, 5 TRB, 2 AST, 28.6 3P%

Offending stat: 4 for 14 from 3 in deciding game

Thanks to insane three-pointers, a likable personality, and a Drake lyric, Steph Curry absolutely exploded onto the scene in the 2013-2014 NBA season and hasn’t looked back. But the unanimous 2015-16 MVP absolutely let the Warriors down in the 2016 NBA Finals when he failed to deliver on the biggest stage. Curry scored a decent 17 points, but was 4 for 14 from beyond the arc. He’ll be remembered in this game for giving up the go-ahead three to Kyrie Irving and completely getting locked down by Kevin Love in the waning moments. 

LeBron James

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