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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has won the NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career.

BOSTON — Stephen Curry rose from 29 feet and plunged another three-point dagger before pointing at his right ring finger in the third quarter of Game 6.

Under Boston’s historic championship banners and on the sacred Celtics floor, Curry not only donned another ring, but cemented his future legacy in the Hall of Fame by joining an exclusive legendary group with his first NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Curry won his fourth league title and the only honor that eluded him when he was named Bill Russell’s NBA Finals MVP after leading the Golden State Warriors to a 103–90 victory in Game 6 and eliminating Boston. Celtics on Thursday.

Eleven national media voters voted Curry the best player in the 2022 finals. Curry finished with 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the series decider, giving him 30 points or more in three straight games in Boston. The last opponent to do so in the postseason was LeBron James in 2017.

In six games against the Celtics, Curry averaged 31.2 points, six rebounds and five assists. He shot 48% from the field and 44% from three-point range.

“You know, that’s what it’s all about – the championship game and what we’ve been through in the last three years,” ESPN’s Lisa Salters, Curry, tearfully said in an interview immediately after the game. “At the beginning of the season, no one thought we would be here, except for everyone on this site right now. This is amazing. It’s very surreal, very surreal.”

On Thursday, he hit three three-pointers in the third quarter, including one with 6:15 left in the third, to give the Warriors a 22-point lead as he celebrated by pointing his ring finger when Boston called for a timeout.

But Curry’s trademark play in the Finals became the MVP when he turned the momentum of the Finals with his sensational 43 points and 10 rebounds in a Game 4 win in Boston to tie the series at 2-2. Golden State won three in a row to come back and win their fourth title in eight years.

For Curry, game 6 was the traditional point guard game. The NBA’s top scoring 3-point shooter now has four rings, two league MVPs, two scorers, one Finals MVP, and an All-Star Game MVP. This puts Curry in a legendary club that only includes Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Shaquille O’Neal as the ones who have won MVP, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP and the scoring title. for the ESPN Stats and Information study.

Now the debaters can argue about where Curry ranks among the legends of the game and whether he is one of the top 10 players of all time and is one of the greatest point guards ever.

“It helps,” Hall of Famer point guard Isaiah Thomas told ESPN that the Finals MVP is vital to Curry’s legacy. “As [Boston’s] Cedric Maxwell said to me one evening: “There are [32 NBA Finals [MVP’s]. I am one of them.

“I am one of them too. In the end, it matters. children want to play the game [the way he does]. He pushed the game forward.”

It was a record breaking season for Curry. He became the 3-point king of the game and passed Ray Allen for the best 3-pointer at the start of the season.

But this season will be remembered for bringing the Warriors back to the NBA championship after a two-year hiatus due to injuries to Clay Thompson and himself. He’s made five or more 3-pointers in 11 different games this postseason.

And he let his opponents hear it from him in this championship too. In the second round, he recited the Memphis mantra “Oh that trick” to ESPN’s Kendra Andrews when asked what the Warriors’ game plan was before Game 5.

After Memphis beat Golden State in Game 5, Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists to eliminate the Grizzlies in Game 6. he did against Boston on Thursday. And he wore an “Ayesha Curry Can Cook” T-shirt after Game 5 in response to a Boston establishment putting up a sign in front of the entrance saying his wife couldn’t cook.

Now Curry has finally come up with a recipe for Finals MVP. In the Golden State’s three previous championships, Durant was named Finals MVP twice in 2017 and 2018, while Andre Iguodala was named Finals MVP in 2015.

Curry entered Thursday night with the third-most playoff points ahead of his first Finals MVP, trailing only Bryant (4381) and Chamberlain (3430) according to research by ESPN Stats and Information.

Thomas was asked if Curry is in the top 10 players of all time with a fourth championship.

“It all depends on the measurement criteria you use,” Thomas said. Is he in the top ten? You can probably say yes. Then you can make an argument that there are some other people who should be in the top ten, in the top 15. I really don’t know. What I know and I know I want people to realize that there are Chamberlains, Russells, Karimovs, Shakovs, there are four.

“Then when you get to Jordan, LeBron, it’s different guys. If he gets into the top 10, God bless him. If he doesn’t hit, wherever he was, he was great.”

Thomas said he would think of three players as he looked back over the last decade-plus.

“This era of gaming will be defined by LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant,” Thomas said. “That’s three guys when I look at these last 15 years.”

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