Stephen Curry clinched the Most Valuable Player award unanimously on Tuesday and accomplished a feat never done before by any other NBA MVP. The Golden State Warriors guard became the first person in league’s 70 year history to do so after leading his team to an NBA record 73-9 regular season record.
San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard finished second after Curry pushing LeBron James to third position.
Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James missed the unanimous MVP by only one vote. But the reigning MVP swept all the 131 votes to get the back-to-back MVPs becoming the 11th player to do so. As a guard, he joined the club of Johnson, Jordan and Steve Nash to have won the award in consecutive years for the MVP award.
“This is an unbelievable honor,” Curry said. “To be the first unanimous MVP award winner is something I don’t even know how to put into words. Guys have been thanking me all day and I don’t really know what to say.”
And Curry displayed a stellar show on his return from injury in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers in over time coming off the bench. He torched the Blazers by notching up 17 point in over time.
“I wouldn’t say amazed,” said Curry, as reported by the New York Times. “It’s just one of those moments when you’re standing out there and realized what just happened. It’s a pretty good feeling; because this is the playoffs, everything is heightened — the intensity, the ramifications of a win or a loss.”
And three-year-old Riley Curry stole the show on his dad’s award acceptance speech. Curry’s daughter’s eyes were fixed on the reporters as her dad spoke in the ceremony.
The Warriors guard has averaged 22.4 points, 6.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in his NBA career.
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