The greatest point guard for the Golden State Warriors finally completes his trophy collection.
Stephen Curry has won the 2022 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player title, the first time he has received this distinction in addition to his two Kia regular-season MVP honors.
The superstar of Golden State was unanimously chosen after averaging 31.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game during the playoffs. Curry concluded Thursday’s decisive game with 34 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds, giving him 30 or more points in three consecutive games in Boston’s TD Garden.
Curry joins a select group of NBA players who have earned four championship rings, two Kia MVPs, and one Finals MVP:
• Stephen Curry • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Tim Duncan
In Game 5, in which Curry missed all nine 3-point tries and 15 of 22 shots overall, Curry’s performance on Thursday signified a remarkable resurgence. Nonetheless, as a result of their depth and defense, the Warriors prevailed 104-94 to give themselves two opportunities to claim the championship.
They required only one thanks in large part to their veteran sniper. Warriors reacted with a vengeance, outscoring the Celtics by 27 throughout the remainder of the first half to take a commanding lead that would never go below eight points for the remainder of the game.
This occurred with 5:35 remaining in the game as the Celtics erased much of a 22-point lead. But Curry and the Warriors were unstoppable. With 3:17 remaining, he scored a finger roll and then a dagger 3-pointer to restore Golden State’s 15-point advantage and extinguish Boston’s aspirations.
With the exception of Game 5, Curry was incredibly consistent, scoring 34, 29, 31, 43 (perhaps the best performance of his career in Game 4) and 34 points in the other five games.