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2022 NBA Finals: Stephen Curry wins his first Finals MVP award after leading Golden State to title

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Stephen Curry became Bill Russell’s 2022 NBA Finals MVP after leading the Golden State Warriors to their fourth championship in eight years. This is Curry’s first Finals MVP award in which he was a unanimous vote, and he earned it by averaging 31 points, five assists and six rebounds in the Finals against Boston’s top defense. The Warriors clinched the title with a 103–90 Game 6 road win on Thursday.

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Curry has been one of the NBA’s top players for ten years, and has played with the Warriors in the Finals in six of the last eight seasons, but despite two regular season MVP awards, he never won the Finals’ top individual honor. When he won his first championship in 2015, Andre Iguodala won it by surprise after making the starter for Game 4 and helping Golden State win the final three games of the series. The Warriors lost the 2016 Finals in a rematch against the Cleveland, but had they won, Curry would have been the big favorite for the award. Then came Kevin Durant, who was the Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018.

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But Curry’s performance in the 2022 final was undeniable. In a series in which everyone struggled to score, Curry was a regular for Golden State. His 43-point burst in Game 4 will go down in history as one of the greatest Finals games ever played, and even if it doesn’t count towards the score, his seriousness helps create nearly every other shot the Warriors take. His 33 points helped the Warriors to the title on Thursday night.

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Curry’s legacy was already safe. As a two-time MVP and three-time champion, Curry would already be recognized as one of the greatest players in NBA history. But his critics have long blamed him for missing the Finals MVP trophy. His first league title came with a team that did not have the second and third best players. His second and third were part of what is arguably the greatest team of all time.

But his fourth is to silence doubters once and for all. This time he’s not on the superteam. He also does not play against a particularly injured opponent. Curry faced the best team in the Eastern Conference and beat them head-on. In doing so, he stopped any questions about his place in basketball history.

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Source: www.cbssports.com

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