Stephen Curry's golden season for the Warriors as the NBA's first unanimous MVP did not end how he had hoped.
Curry and the Warriors fell on the wrong end of history, becoming the first team to lead the NBA Finals 3-1 and come out on the losing end as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers dethroned the reigning champs. On the biggest stage in Game 7, Curry scored 17 points, going 6 for 19 from the field.
The league's regular season MVP missed all five of his shots in the final 5:38 and Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving nailed the game-winning 3-pointer over his outreached arms with 53 seconds remaining.
"It will haunt me for a while, because it means a lot to me to try to lead my team and do what I need to do on the court and big stages. Done it before. Didn’t do it tonight,” Curry said after the Game 7 loss.
On Monday, Curry sent a special message to Warriors fans everywhere for all the support during this historical season.
"Dub Nation, Steph Curry, just wanna say thanks for all the support. I know we didn't get it done, but we'll be back and we appreciate everything all year long," Curry said after the team's exit interviews Monday.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) June 20, 2016
In the NBA Finals, Curry averaged 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. From the field he shot 40.3 percent and nailed 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Compared to his MVP regular season, Curry's production was significantly down in all categories.
Winning back-to-back MVPs, Curry had a career-year this season. Playing in 79 regular season games, Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. The sharp shooter buried 50.4 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from beyond the arc.
The Warriors won an NBA record 73 games while only losing nine games in the regular season. But, in the playoffs they matched their total of nine losses and won 15 games.