Associated Press: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, is presented with the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award by KIA Motors executive, Greg Grulikowski at a basketball news conference, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Oakland, California (AP Photo, Ben Margot)
The NBA’s top weapon returned on Monday Night to help lead his team to a big time win to take a commanding 3-1 lead. That weapon was Stephen Curry who had missed the first three games of Golden State Warriors matchup with the Portland Trailblazers including the team’s loss in game 3 in Portland.
That loss was the exact thing Curry needed to move up his return to the team to help them avoid a 2-2 return back to the Oracle Arena. Curry didn’t disappoint as the Warriors used his 17 point overtime performance to pick up the 132-125 win to move one game away from a return trip to the Western Conference Finals.
Along with his big time game 4 performances on Monday, the good news didn’t stop there. Curry who many expected to take home the NBA MVP received word along with some leaked news sources indicating he would win it in back to back seasons. The accomplishment landed him in a special class of Super Stars to win it back to back including LeBron James twice, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malon, Karem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain (3 consecutive awards) and Bill Russell (3 consecutive awards).
Of that list Curry joined Nash and Johnson as the only other point guards to win the award multiple times. Curry dominated during the regular season averaging 30.1 points a game to go with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds to help the Warriors to an impressive 73-9 NBA Regular Season record. The 73 wins helped the Warriors top the 1996 mark the Bulls set with a 72-10 overall record.
Now with all that said Curry’s MVP Award is even more special than all of the others we have seen. Curry took home all 130 votes available from the sports writers and broadcasters who had votes. The votes didn’t stop their as Curry also received another vote from the fans taking home the KIA MVP Fan Vote to earn all 131 votes possible and 1,310 total points.
Curry beat out Kawhi Leonard who finished with 634 points for second followed by LeBron James (631 points), Russell Westbrook (486 points)and Kevin Durant (147 points).
The big question now is can Curry top off his incredible with a second straight NBA Championship and his first Finals MVP award.