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Stephen Curry produced the best overtime performance in NBA history

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If you didn't know, Stephen Curry is back. The Golden State Warriors point guard returned in style at the Moda Center as the Dubs took a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semi-finals series. 

After a hotly contested game that was tied at 111 after regulation, the reigning MVP came into his own in the added five minutes as he produced the best overtime performance in NBA history. 

Having scored 23 points in four quarters, Curry dropped an extra 17 to record the highest scoring tally in the history of overtime basketball. 

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Steph went 6-of-7 from the field as he caught fire at exactly the right time to leave the Trail Blazers' owner Paul Allen and everybody else inside the arena stunned into complete amazement. 

With Shaun Livingston ejected from play in the second quarter, Curry was asked to play more basketball than head coach Steve Kerr probably would have liked following his two-week layoff with a knee injury. 

He began overtime with a jump shot off the backboard with less than a minute gone to give the Warriors a two-point lead before unleashing a three off a Festus Ezeli assist to draw the Dubs level following two made baskets by the Blazers. 

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Curry pulled down an offensive rebound against Mason Plumlee before banking in a layup and letting the fans inside the arena know that he was back. 

Draymond Green's assist led to a fastbreak layup that took his tally to 32 for the night and put the Warriors up 120-118. He stretched that lead to five moments later as he nailed a deep three coming off the screen from Green. 

Al-Farouq Aminu was left helpless clutching at thin air as he tried to block a three from the man who has reportedly been named MVP for a second consecutive season before Curry wrapped up his scoring with two made attempts from the free throw line as Golden State iced out overtime. 

IMPORTANT

The importance of Curry's return and the game three win can not be understated. Portland played their hearts out and would have returned to the Bay full of confidence had they taken the W in game four. 

However, the display by Steph seemingly puts the series beyond much doubt and should see the Warriors wrap it up in game five at the Oracle Arena. 

The defending champions have looked good in the absence of their main man as their stacked roster has stepped up - most notably Klay Thompson and Green. But Curry showed the extra dimension he brings to the floor in Oregon and rubber-stamped his position as the league's best player. 

There were worries over his rhythm after missing so much basketball over the past fortnight. While there was some rust in the first half, he soon found his mojo. The real king is back. 

Topics:
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA Playoffs
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division

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