Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors not only won his fourth NBA championship on Thursday, but the superstar guard also won his first NBA Finals MVP award – won by unanimous decision.
The Warriors lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the fourth time in eight years after beating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Although Curry was named regular-season MVP back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, the NBA Finals MVP eluded him in Golden State’s previous title wins. Andre Iguodala won the honor in 2015 while Kevin Durant won it twice in 2017 and 18.
“This one is different for sure, knowing what the last three years have meant, what it’s been, from injuries to changing the guard on the rosters,” Curry said. “…I can say it now, I don’t know how many teams could wear this as long as we have the expectations of comparing ourselves now to the teams of the past and getting back to the top of the mountain.”
The NBA Finals MVP award was renamed in 2009 to honor Celtics legend and 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.
“I’ve said it many times. Steph reminds me so much of Tim Duncan. Obviously totally different players. But from a humanity perspective, from a talent standpoint, from a humility standpoint, from a confidence standpoint – a wonderful combination that makes everyone want to win for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
“Steph is ultimately the reason this run happened, much like Timmy in San Antonio,” Kerr added. “I’m happy for everyone, but I’m delighted for Steph. For me, this is his crowning achievement in what has already been an incredible career.”