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Stephen Curry thanks team-mate for back-to-back MVP awards

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It came as absolutely no surprise to see Stephen Curry go back-to-back and claim the MVP award for the second year in a row. In a season where the Golden State Warriors point guard has re-wrote the record books, he made yet more history by becoming the first unanimous winner ever. 

Eclipsing the likes of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Durant, who were all unable to take every single first-placed vote - although Shaq came one away - it is another feather in his cap. 

Like many winners before him, Curry had a brilliant set of teammates behind him, and without them his rise to the top would not have been possible. The likes of All-Stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson along with a supporting cast of Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala et al have really pushed him on to the next level.

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In his acceptance speech, the guard sounded out his appreciation of his teammates and insisted they take a moment to appreciate the evironment that had been built in the Bay area and what they have achieved as a collective group. 

He said: "I think we have to appreciate what we have right now. We want to keep it together, we want to see the end of this year out and finish our job and achieve our goal but I hope we take a moment, every single day really, when we come into the practice facility, come into games, and appreciate the bond that we have and how much fun we have going out there and playing every single day.

"Regardless of what happens down the stretch of the season, we will be a team that will be remembered for what we accomplished. 

"It's a special time, going into the locker room, all the jokes we've got, the group texts, it's just a fun group of guys. That's what makes us special. I appreciate all your sacrifices, these two trophies aren't sitting here without you guys."

The collective spirit and togetherness is what has drove the Warriors on throughout the season and that was emphasised in the absence of their leader during the opening weeks of the playoffs. 

Of course, Curry returned to break the record for points in overtime during game four against Portland, but the other guys had done all the hard work to get the Warriors into a 2-1 lead before game four in the semi-finals with the two-time MVP restricted to just two postseason appaearances. 

Golden State have been favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy all season and while the performances of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the east have been impressive - along with the mammoth battle between OKC and San Antonio - it's still hard to look past the defending champs.

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