Steph Curry, point guard for the Golden State Warriors, was chosen this Sunday for the first time as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA All-Star Game, after a spectacular performance in which he scored 50 points and 16 triples, a record in the event history.
I’m grateful “to be back in Ohio, with the best players in the league, celebrating the highest level of basketball,” Curry said as he accepted the trophy, which is named after the late Kobe Bryant.
“Obviously, this trophy has a special meaning for honoring Kobe and (his daughter) Gigi. Very grateful and blessed,” said Curry, who also won the game with his team, led by LeBron James, against the Kevin Durant 163-160.
The base was born 33 years ago in Akron, just 60 kilometers from Cleveland, home of the All-Star Game, but grew up in another place, Charlotte (North Carolina), where his father Dell played 10 seasons with the Hornets.
Curry was the main protagonist of a night in which he was booed in the presentation by the fans of the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, where the fierce rivalry of the past decade between the Warriors and the local Cavaliers is remembered.
As soon as the game began, Curry turned the hostility of the stands into admiration with an explosion of 3-pointers never seen in the All-Star Game, where the previous record was held by Paul George with 9.
In the final minutes, Curry threw several shots to try to reach the All-Star Game scoring record, which is held by Anthony Davis with 52 points.
“I tried, I tried,” acknowledged the point guard, winner of three championship rings with the Warriors.
– Past five winners of the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award:
2022 – Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)
2021 – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
2020 – Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)
2019 – Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
2018 – LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
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Steph Curry wins his first All-Star Game MVP