Why Steph Curry is the early NBA MVP frontrunner
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Why Steph Curry is the early NBA MVP frontrunner
Friday December 5th, 2014

Golden State's backcourt turned garbage time into Showtime during an easy 112-85 home win over New Orleans on Thursday.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson connected on the play of the night with a little more than two minutes remaining in regulation and the Warriors holding a comfortable 104-82 lead. 

The end-to-end sequence began when Curry came up with a steal on defense and pushed the pace in transition. As he approached midcourt, Curry executed a behind-the-back, wrap-around dribble with his left hand before continuing to the three-point line. He then pulled off a behind-the-back pass with his left hand to Thompson, who was filling the lane on the right wing. The pass found its mark well, and Thompson knocked down a three-pointer from the right angle.


Curry was so confident his fellow Splash Brother would make the shot that he started holding up three fingers before Thompson even released the triple.

The confident, care-free and lethal sequence helped the Warriors secure their 11th straight victory.

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Curry finished with 19 points, 11 assists, three rebounds and four steals. Thompson added 23 points, five assists and four rebounds. The sharpshooting duo combined for eight three-pointers.

New Orleans was led by Anthony Davis, who finished with 30 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

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Golden State improved to 16-2. New Orleans fell to 8-9.

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