Just incase there was any doubt that Steph Curry is the league’s MVP, the two-time All-Star put on a show against the Dallas Mavericks to put any queries to bed.
Curry finished with a season-high 51 points making 10 three-pointers leading to chants of ‘MVP!’ ringing around Oracle Arena.
Golden State and Dallas came into the clash the two top scoring teams in the league but you would not have guessed it from the Warriors’ disastrous start to the game. Steve Kerr found his side down by 20 midway through the first quarter, much unlike his side.
However, thanks to Curry and valuable minutes from the Golden State bench, they found themselves down 58-62 at half time - an easily attainable target for the Splash Brothers and co.
Warriors third quarter onslaughts
Then came the offensive master class spearheaded by Curry. The two time All-Star put up 26 points in the third quarter and with Klay Thompson’s record-breaking 37 point quarter last month, Warriors fans could not believe their eyes.
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“This win says a lot about who we are and what our mission is this year,” said Curry post-game.
Not only is Curry a spot-up shooter, the two-time all star can score off the dribble, therefore creating his own shot. With Andrew Bogut back to full fitness, Steph can use the 7ft centre to his advantage and create an extra yard of space to make his shot - not like he needs it though.
The Warriors talisman’s stats are remarkable. He is averaging 23.6 points, 8.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. When you consider he is also averaging a career-high 2.1 steals per game, it’s no wonder he was listed first on the All-Star voting for New York next week.
There are a couple of other front-runners for the MVP award but it looks like Curry will collect the honour at the end of the season. James Harden is also putting up incredible numbers in Houston and is carrying the team following Dwight Howard’s injury which will have him on the sidelines for the next 4-6 weeks.
Harden currently leads the league in scoring with 27 points per game as well as adding 6.8 assists and 5.6 boards per game.
LeBron James is also doing a solid job back in his home town with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the 30-year-old has won the award four times in his career, therefore his name is always involved in the mix and rightly so.
Kerr has done an incredible job in his first season as a coach and with the Warriors’ record currently at 39 wins with eight losses, the 5x NBA Champion could well be on for Coach of the Year unless Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer takes the award off his hands.
Things could not be going much better in California and the Splash Brothers are taking the league by storm and their incredible record is proving they are here for the long run.