Stephen Curry yelled.
“I’m back!” were the words that came out of his mouth after hitting a deep three-pointer at the top of the key in overtime.
Curry led the Warriors with 40 points to a 132-125 victory in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. People did not know if he was even going to play in the game because Steve Kerr listed Curry as “doubtful.” It was until later in the day that Curry was upgraded to “questionable”. He warmed up with his regular dribbling and shooting pre-game routines. It wasn’t until Curry did his usual pre-game tweet that it made it official that he was playing:
Lock in! #DubNation
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 10, 2016
However, Steve Kerr did not reveal until late pre-game that Stephen Curry would be coming off the bench, the first time that he has come off the bench since March 2012. The Warriors got off to a slow start trailing by 16 early in the game, but their defense and shot-making kept them within striking distance. They tried containing dynamic scoring duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but it was a tough task as they hit key shots and got to the free-throw line.
The Warriors were down 67-57 at halftime and to add insult to injury, Shaun Livingston got ejected after picking up two quick technical fouls after complaining to the officials that he got fouled going in for a layup. The officiating for both teams were not the greatest as players and coaches alike protested many calls. The Warriors used a 29-18 third quarter to go up by one heading into the final frame. The Warriors and Blazers went back-and-forth trading bucket for bucket until Stephen Curry got the ball in his hands at the end of the game. He just rimmed out a floater off the glass and the game went to overtime.
Earlier in the day, news broke out that Stephen Curry won the 2015-2016 MVP award and in the extra session, Curry showed why he is a two-time Most Valuable Player hitting shot after shot, leaving the Moda Center silent and the Trail Blazers owner, Paul Allen in disbelief at the shots Curry was making:
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) May 10, 2016
Damian Lillard scored 36 points on 9-of-30 shots and going 13-of-16 from the charity stripe. C.J. McCollum added 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting. Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting and three three-pointers.
The Blazers led early and often until the Warriors turned up the defense and made the Blazers take tough shots, which led to easy buckets for the Warriors. It looked like the Blazers were going to fly to Oakland with an even series, but in overtime, Stephen Curry had other ideas.
In the overtime period, Curry showed why he is once again the best player in the world as of right now, scoring 17 of the Warriors’ 21 points in OT, an NBA record for a player.
That is, after all, what MVPs do.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Golden State Warriors Writer