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Stephen Curry explains how he's still fueled by 2016 Finals loss to the Cavs

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Stephen Curry looks like a man on a mission in the NBA Finals as he's inspired the Golden State Warriors to a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers with two outstanding performances.

The two-time MVP posted 29 points in Game 1 and followed it up with 33 in Game 2 to put his team in a commanding position.

He also broke the record for the most three-pointers in a single Finals game when he drained nine in a 122-103 win in the second encounter on Sunday night.

This has made him the favourite to finally claim his first Finals MVP award but this isn't his biggest motivation in the series.

Curry admits that he's still haunted by the memory of blowing a 3-1 lead in 2016 to the Cavaliers and is fueled by that moment as he never wants to experience it again.

The Dubs won a regular season record of 73 games but were unable to win the championship despite putting themselves in a dominant position.

“It’s a distant memory but I still feel that feeling,” Curry told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. “It’s a good reminder of how fragile, how tough it is to win a championship.

"The difference between winning and losing in a Finals game is a couple of possessions here or there, a top guy not playing at his peak.”

The suspension of Draymond Green in Game 5 made a huge difference in that series as it allowed the Cavs to avoid elimination on the road and mount a historic comeback.

Green shouldered most of the blame for getting himself suspended for his on-court antics but Curry is also willing to accept some responsibility as he didn't play his best basketball in those Finals after being named the first unanimous MVP.

“Those last three games of 2016, I wasn’t great at all,” said Curry. “It was a tough pill to swallow. I don’t want to be in that position again.

"It’s kind of why I just enjoy being back here again and having an opportunity to win a championship doing what I do.”

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Golden State's superstar point guard is certainly seizing this moment again as he's currently averaging 31 points per game through two games in these Finals.

The 30-year-old is just two wins away from winning back-to-back titles for the first time in his career and his third overall.

Lifting the Finals MVP award and the Larry O'Brien trophy at the end of this series should be enough to make that nightmare in 2016 a forgotten memory.

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