The incredible game as the Golden State Warriors takes down the Portland Trail Blazers 132-125 in the second overtime game of today's two playoff games!
Stephen Curry was clearly rusty in his return to the floor, starting off 0-8 from 3 point range, but in the 4th quarter and overtime the back-to-back MVP was utterly dominant.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Game 4
From the opening tip, Portland played with a purpose. They were going to get stops, push the ball up the floor, and never let their foot off the pedal. So a 17 point deficit in the second quarter seemed realistic, right? The Blazers are at home, Steph was coming off the bench-- playing his first basketball game in a little over two weeks. What we ultimately witnessed though was a back and forth battle, teetering between Golden State reclaiming their place atop the series, and the second installment in Portland’s thunderous comeback from a 2-0 deficit. The result? An overtime thriller, headlined by none other than the league’s greatest star. Steph. Curry. Did Portland fall apart? Or were they just overcome by Golden State? I would like to think the latter. Although, 17 points in overtime from Curry doesn’t help. The game was nothing short of intense, though. Hard screens (not just Draymond), hard fouls, and some harsh words with the referees (also not just Draymond). Specifically that last one, which caused Livingston to see an early exit in the second quarter. Portland fought tooth and nail, and never wavered in their pursuit of victory. They played Golden State as well as any team has all season long, but even Lillard's 36 points and 10 assists (albeit on 30% shooting), Plumlee’s 12 points and 15 rebounds, or having their boisterous home crowd as their backdrop wasn’t enough to overshadow the well-oiled machine that is Golden State. On Golden State’s end, their eventual success could be attributed to any number of things. Iguodala’s great defense on CJ McCollum, Klay Thompson moving well off the ball to find emphatic open three’s, and/or Draymond Green’s dominating performance on every level. Filling the stat sheet with 21 points (on 55% from the field), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 blocks, and 4 steals. But, in the end, one man stood above the rest when his team needed him most. Curry scored 27 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, on 10 of 14 shooting from the field, and 5 of 7 from beyond the arch. Curry’s performance instantly invoked memories of LeBron’s tremendous game 5 against the Detroit Pistons in 2007. I’ll leave fans to decide which of those two performances was greater, but regardless of that, it was certainly a performance to remember. And, it definitely reminded me why Curry has been named MVP for the second straight year. Yes, you can distort the meaning of “most valuable player” to fuel your own argument, but this game is but another example of Curry’s sheer brilliance.
Stephen Curry performance in the final 5 minutes of Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trailblazers set the NBA's overtime scoring record. The previous record was held by Gilbert Arenas, who scored 16 points in an overtime period against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I love this game, I love playing and love competing. And really, really missed being out there with my teammates," Curry said. "To help our team get a win tonight and in that fashion, that was a good feeling in that moment to be back on the floor and playing."
His return was that stunning and emphatic. Just ask Blazers owner Paul Allen:
Despite things not going the Warriors way early, including several missed foul calls leading to starting PG Shaun Livingston ejection, had them down as many as 16 points, but they came back in the fourth quarter and dominated the overtime period.
Now, it's very tough for Portland Trail Blazers.
We're gonna be talking about this Steph OT performance for generations.
Stephen Curry has one message for the NBA World:
Top Twitter reaction from Game 4
Lillard praised Curry for his performance, per Spears: “He's the MVP again for a reason.”
The Warriors now lead the Blazers 3-1 heading back home. Can the Warriors close the series out at Oracle?
I don't think so. The MVP is back.