His injury was initially feared worse than it turned out to be, but after it looked like he could have been done for the season, he won his first National Basketball Association championship and was named Finals MVP to boot. Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was, but until you break through and win that first championship, there's always still something there.
When he accepted his Finals MVP award, he had one more message for her: "We did it". Curry had 12 for Warriors, but they were 2-of-7 from three.
Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22. At some point, do you guys just run out of steam?
Kyle Korver's 3-pointer pulled the Cavaliers within 108-102 but dunks by Durant and Andre Iguodala boosted Golden State's lead to 112-102 and the Warriors kept Cleveland at bay, a Durant driving layup stretching Golden State's edge to 118-106 with five minutes remaining.
LeBron James may be the best player on the planet but he doesn't play for the best team. By the third quarter, Smith had another pair of three-pointers to help the Cavaliers edge the Warriors in the quarter, 33-27.
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J.R. Smith hit another 3-pointer and LeBron James scored on a hard putback to help Cleveland cut a deficit that was 17 in the second quarter to eight, 86-77, with five minutes to play in the third quarter.
Cleveland has now lost two of the three showdowns in this Finals trilogy.
The game-changing spurt ended with a scuffle when Golden State's David West shoved Irving as he tried to grab the ball away.
Bench points were a huge part of the narrative with the Warriors' bench outscoring the Cavs' bench by a landslide in the deciding game.
Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry - the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star got acclimated - finished off a brilliant postseason.
On the other side of the ledger James spent much of Game 5 as the only real threat particularly with his wingman Kyrie Irving spending much of the night hobbled with back pain that seemed to make just running a chore.
Kevin Love is scoreless for the Cavs, who have turned it over 11 times.