With 9:53 remaining in the third quarter, the Golden State Warriors trailed the Houston Rockets 62-60 during Game 6 of the Western Conference Simi-Finals, Friday night in the Toyota Center in Houston. After a pick that was set by Daymond Green, Stephen Curry drove to the basket and scored an uncontested layup attempt to tie the game at 62 apiece. The layup that was recently scored by Curry marked his first bucket of the game.
By the end of the final buzzer, the Warriors had advanced to their fifth straight Conference Finals appearance, as they defeated the Rockets in a 118-113 victory. After starting the game scoreless in the first half, Curry ended the night with 33 points, all coming within the final 24 minutes of the game and a playoff career quarter-high 23 in the 4th quarter.
As the Warriors watched as their arch nemesis suffered another painful elimination for the fourth time in five years, Curry’s Game 6 performance was a reminder of his greatness forgotten by the arrival of Kevin Durant.
Prior to KD’s signing, Curry had the basketball world in the palm of his hands. He led Golden State to back-to-back Finals appearances and a title in 2015 and became a two-time MVP winner averaging 26.9 points per game on 18.5 field goal attempts per game.
Between 2015 and 2016, whenever the Warriors needed a gid game for their MVP, Curry was front and center taking and making the big shots when it really mattered. However, after a subpar Finals performance in 2016 in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, many forgot about Curry’s greatness once Durant took the helm.
After signing with the Warriors during the summer of 2016, Durant has been viewed as the face of the franchise the past three season, and it is easy to understand why. Arguably the best player in the world, Durant’s game has reached new highs as they 10-time All-Star has averaged 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists since joining the Warriors. In addition to his play on the court, Durant has also received Finals MVP in both of the Warriors championship titles.
Although Durant became the Warriors number one option, Curry was and still is the most important piece to the team. Without Curry, the Warriors would not be as great even with Durant. This one stats speak for itself, with the win, the Warriors improved to 26-1 in their last 27 games that Stephen Curry plays without Kevin Durant.
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