Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past nine months, it’s been hard to miss Stephen Curry lighting up the league on a weekly basis.
Claiming the NBA’s first unanimous MVP award, Curry’s season has been a historic one – but which games ensured that he sealed the deal?
October 31, 2015 @ New Orleans - 53pt game
It didn’t take Curry too long to shake off the off-season rust. Just three games into the campaign, Curry announced himself with an explosive 53-point performance against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Going 8-14 from the three-point line and 11-11 from the charity stripe, Curry also dished nine assists as the Warriors coasted to a 14-point win over their the Pelicans.
The performance had all the facets of a classic Steph showing, with long range bombs aplenty, silky smooth passing and trademark finishing at the rim all on offer.
Over the rest of the regular season, Curry wouldn’t score more than he did during this performance – but it signalled his intentions for a year that would eventually prove to be the most successful of any franchise in history.
February 27. 2016 @ Oklahoma City - Clutch personified
Is there anyone you’d trust more than Steph to take a game winning shot? If you answered no, then this performance following the All-Star Weekend should have got you considering your response.
In what proved to be one of the best games of the regular season, Curry and the Warriors battled it out with the Durant-led Thunder into overtime.
But in the final seconds of the first period of OT, Curry knocked down one of his most ridiculous threes of the season from the best part of 35 feet – putting Golden State up by three.
Ending up with 46 points on the night, Curry shot 75 percent from three-point range (12-16) – also tying the record for most threes made in a single game.
What’s more, it also proved once again just how good the Warriors were over the course of the regular season, with a 53-5 record at the time.
April 13, 2016 vs Memphis Grizzlies - Record clincher
We mentioned that the Warriors had a half-decent record this season, didn’t we?
What really got Curry’s unanimous vote signed, sealed and delivered was the 73-9 season record which proved one better than the 1996 Bulls’ mark. That took him and the Warriors ‘til their 82nd game of the season – but it wasn’t the only record on offer in the game.
Throughout the course of the year, Curry emphatically passed his own three point record for a season. During the last game of the campaign, Curry was eight short of 400, giving him the opportunity to pass this milestone as well as securing the 73-9 record.
It didn’t take him long.
Going 10-19 from beyond the arc, Curry notched 402 total three-point bombs over the season, whilst leading the Warriors past the Grizzlies with 46 points.
The win arguably proved the deciding factor for Curry’s unanimous MVP award – leaving many voters who still had the likes of Kawhi Leonard or Russell Westbrook on their mind with a bevy of reasons not to slight the Warriors guard.
Is there more to come?
Following an injury affected first few series for Steph, it’s been continued success for the Warriors throughout the playoffs so far – but with a possible Finals appearance still in the balance, we seem guaranteed to see more magic from Curry.
Could it see him win a second championship? With performances like these on show – it would be hard to bet against…