Five of Steph Curry's most impressive NBA Finals performances
Game 5 of 2015 NBA Finals vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
In his first-ever NBA Finals experience, Curry came up huge to put the Warriors on the brink of their first NBA championship in 40 years. The series was tied two games apiece heading into Game 5 at Oracle Arena, and the Cavs trailed by only a single point at halftime.
Golden State opened up slightly more breathing room in the third quarter, and then Curry took over in the fourth. He scored 17 of his team-high 37 points in just over nine minutes of playing time in the final frame to lead the Dubs to a 104-91 win.
Two days later, Curry became an NBA champion for the first time. He probably should have had a Finals MVP award to go along with it.
Game 4 of 2016 NBA Finals at Cavaliers
Curry helped put the Warriors in commanding lead of the series. Unfortunately, they weren't able to finish it off.
After getting blown out by the Cavs in Game 3, Golden State trailed by five points midway through Game 4 in Cleveland. But in the second half, led by Curry, the 73-win Warriors stormed back.
The back-to-back and first-ever unanimous league MVP scored 24 of his game-high 38 points in the second half, over the span of which he was a plus-22. Outside of four Klay Thompson free throws, he accounted for all of Golden State's points in the final 5:56 of the contest.
The Warriors would go on to win Game 4 by a score of 108-97 to go up three games to one. Of course, that would prove to be their final victory of the series.
Game 5 of 2017 NBA Finals vs. Cavaliers
When the Cavs won Game 4 after Golden State took the first three games of the series, people started to wonder if another 3-1 collapse was in store. Curry and Kevin Durant put a quick end to that.
Though Cleveland led after the first quarter, the Warriors took a double-digit lead into halftime and never looked back. Curry and Durant combined for three consecutive 3-pointers in a span of 68 seconds midway through the second frame and took the lead for good.
When the final buzzer sounded, Curry had accounted for 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds on 50.0 percent shooting from the field in a closeout game. Durant deservedly was named Finals MVP, but that doesn't diminish Curry's performance.
Game 4 of 2018 NBA Finals at Cavaliers
If 2017 was the Warriors' redemption, 2018 was the icing on the cake. Golden State made easy work of the Cavs, and Curry ensured it would be a four-game sweep.
With a commanding lead in the series, Curry stepped on Cleveland's throats. He got off to a tremendous start in Game 4, scoring the game's opening basket on his way to 12 points within the first six minutes of the contest.
After the Warriors had turned the game into a blowout with a strong third quarter, Curry closed it out. He scored 12 points in the fourth frame, adding three more 3-pointers to the four he had made in the first half. All told, he finished with 37 points, four assists and six rebounds on 12-of-27 shooting from the field. Again, Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP, but that might have been sealed prior to tipoff of Game 4.
Game 3 of 2019 NBA Finals vs. Toronto Raptors
After stealing Game 2 on the road, the Warriors had an opportunity to put tremendous pressure on Toronto if they were able to defeat the Raptors at home in Game 3. Unfortunately for Curry and Golden State, they were going to have to do so without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who were both out due to injury.
Curry put forth a valiant effort and gave the Raptors all they could handle. He scored 47 points in 43 minutes of action to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field (14-of-31 FG) and from distance (6-of-14 3PT), putting on a one-man show despite Toronto employing a rarely-seen Box-and-One zone defense designed to stop him.
Despite that standout performance, it wasn't enough to push the short-handed Warriors over the top. The Raptors went on to win Game 3 and the series in six games. While Toronto certainly deserves credit for prevailing, Curry clearly shouldn't be discredited for being on the losing side.