Steph clinches second NBA scoring title in career year

Warriors' Steph Curry

Steph Curry's career year will be rewarded with at least one honor.

The Warriors star clinched his second NBA scoring title during Sunday's game against the Grizzlies with a floater in the first quarter. The bucket ensured that he will finish higher than Bradley Beal, who scored 25 points in the Washington Wizards' regular-season finale earlier Sunday to finish with 31.3 points per game.

Steph entered Sunday's contest averaging 31.8 points per game. Curry last held the crown in 2015-16, the same season he became the first unanimous NBA MVP in the history of the league.

The 33-year-old became the oldest player to lead the league in scoring since Michael Jordan, who earned his last scoring crown in 1997-98 as a 34-year-old. Curry's Warriors won't be confused with the dynastic Bulls, at least this year, considering Golden State limped to the end of the regular season with Klay Thompson (torn Achilles), James Wiseman (torn meniscus) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (torn ligament in wrist) all on the mend.

Despite arguably facing more defensive attention than any other point in his career, Curry thrived in his 12th NBA season. The Warriors' clinching of a spot in the NBA play-in tournament coincided with the best stretch of Curry's career.

Curry scored 30-plus points 13 times in April to kick off a torrid end-of-season stretch, which included passing Wilt Chamberlain to become the Warriors' all-time leading scorer on April 12. 

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Neck and neck with Beal for much of the season, Curry outlasted Beal as the latter dealt with a hamstring injury in the final week of the 2020-21 campaign. Beal missed three games in the last week of the season before returning in Sunday's finale.

Will Curry win another NBA MVP award to pair with his scoring crown? James Harden in 2017-18 was the last MVP who also was a scoring champion, but a player has never won the award on a team seeded as low as the Warriors. Russell Westbrook won the award a year before Harden, and his Oklahoma City Thunder were sixth in the Western Conference.

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