It looked bad. With Steph Curry peddling a stationary bike on the sideline, the Portland Trailblazers ran out to a huge lead in the opening minutes. Curry came off the bench and added some points, but the threes weren't falling and the Warriors were down 10 or more. To make matters worse, Shaun Livingston--who started in Steph's spot--protested an uncalled foul, got a hairtrigger two technicals and was out of the game (his first ejection ever.) Now there was no prime Steph substitute to spell him if, after two weeks of inaction, he got tired.
Instead Steph got stronger. With Draymond Green leading a ferocious defense, the Dubs came back, and Steph dropped his first 3 late in the fourth--which became the first of many. The teams traded leads and ended tied.
Curry probably had played more than the coaches had planned for in regulation. But he'd found his rhythm and took over overtime. He scored 17 points in OT--the most points any player had ever scored in an overtime period, playoffs or regular season, in NBA history.
The Dubs go home with a 3-1 series lead...and Curry's second MVP award ceremony in a row. And it was revealed Tuesday--Curry is the first player in NBA history to be voted MVP unanimously.
Across the Bay the SF Giants managed only one run against Toronto, and spoiled a pretty good Jake Peavy start, to lose 3-1.