Will Stephen Curry Be Named NBA Finals MVP after Making History?

Stephen Curry made NBA history and left Cleveland's bid for a second NBA title in three years teetering on the brink.

On Sunday night, the Warriors guard scored 33 points on 11-of-26 from the field, hitting nine of 17 attempts from three points and adding nine assists and seven rebounds as Golden State beat the Cavaliers 122-103 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

By scoring nine times from beyond the arc, the two-time MVP beat the record for most 3-pointers ever scored in a single game in the history of NBA Finals, which was set by Ray Allen in Game 2 of the 2010 Finals between the Celtics and the Lakers.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

"He was tremendous," Warriors coach Steve Kerr was quoted as saying by ESPN. "You know, nine 3s and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one. But yeah, he was fantastic."

His 17 attempts from three-point range were more shots than any of his teammates took in Game 2 and more shots than he has averaged during the regular season. The 30-year-old is averaging 31 points over the first two games of the series and could finally be in line to land the Finals MVP award that eluded him when the Warriors won the title in 2015 and 2017.

Three years ago, the accolade went to Andre Igoudala for his defensive work against LeBron James, despite the fact the former did not feature in the Warriors' starting line-up until Game 4. In 2017, meanwhile, the award went to Kevin Durant, who recorded the most efficient NBA Finals performance in history, averaging 35 points on 55 percent shooting from the field, 47 percent from three and 92 percent shooting from the foul line.

In both years, Curry could legitimately feel hard done by for missing out on the Finals MVP award, as he averaged 26 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 2015, while last year he registered 26.8 points, 9.4 assists and 8 rebounds per game in the Finals.

If the quantity of Curry's three-pointers weakened Cleveland, the sheer quality of those shots broke the Cavs' resistance as the two-time NBA champion appeared to be scoring at will, no matter who Cleveland chose to pair him with.

Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Cavs switched Kevin Love onto Curry, only for the latter to sink an off-balance 28-footer as the shot clock hit the buzzer, despite having briefly lost the ball as he tried to dribble himself free of Love.

The shot stretched the Warriors' lead to 14 points and put Cleveland's resistance to bed, much as his 29 points carried the Warriors to a win in Game 1, which they could have lost had it not been for JR Smith's blunder.

Cleveland had no answers for Curry on Sunday night and LeBron insisted his side should come to expect more of the same from the Warriors' point guard for the remainder of the series.

"Every shot that he takes, he has the business of making them," he told reporters, as per USA Sports Today. "That's what he does. So we shouldn't be surprised or deflated at it. Take the ball out, move it forward and try to execute on the other end."

The series now moves to Cleveland for Game Three on Wednesday night with Curry two games away from a third title and a first Finals MVP crown.

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