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Craig Sager and Stephen Curry.

Stephen Curry calls Craig Sager an inspiration following Golden State's game with Washington

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The Golden State Warriors notched another win on Tuesday night as they took a step closer to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 regular season record. The Washington Wizards fell 94-102 as Stephen Curry dropped 26 points at the Oracle Arena to take the Dubs to victory. 

But there was a story in the Bay bigger than the record as Craig Sager was courtside throughout the night to report on the game. The 32-year veteran was part of TNT's team just a week after he revealed to HBO's Real Sports that his leukemia was no longer in remission.

There were a number of special moments during the night, but none more so than his interview with Curry following the final buzzer. Sager asked the reigning MVP whether he needed a rest, having only missed one game since the All-Star break, and the point guard's response was typical of the man who has become the face of the NBA. 

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He said: "Seeing you doing what you're doing we've got no issues. You're an inspiration for us to just keep doing what we are doing, keep fighting. That's the mentality we have. It's kind of contagious, so thank you."

The presenter has been a veteran of the league for many years and personalities throughout the NBA have spoken out in support of the 64-year-old, who continues to work despite his health issues. 

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Earlier in the night, Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman also expressed his support for the sideline reporter.  As the second quarter began, the pair were having a conversation where Sager asked about the Wizard's chances of becoming the first team to beat the Warriors at home this season.

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Wittman responded: "First of all, this game means nothing Craig. Having you back, it's been 32 years since I've known you, there's a lot of people out there who are praying for you and you've got to just keep fighting because I love that you are back here. 

"I miss you, and we'll continue to pray for you and you just keep fighting. Other than that, I like where we are at."

Sager has been in an upbeat mood since his announcement last week and Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley shared a collection of photos of the presenter on Twitter, with the caption "Craig Sager of Turner Sports: 'I think my demise has been prematurely reported. I'm going to make medical history.'"

The support for him is quite incredible. Yesterday it was reported that pins with an image of Gregg Popovich and the sideline reporter, who have struck up a brilliant bond throughout the years, will go on sale for $10 a piece, with 15 percent of the proceedings going to Cancer Research.

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