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How Stephen Curry Beat Everyone For NBA MVP

The Golden State Warriors guard received 100 first-place votes for MVP and finished above James Harden and four-time winner LeBron James.

By Matt Moreno | May 4, 2015

It's official — Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry is the NBA's MVP, and we all saw it coming. 

From his dominance beyond the arc, to his league leading steals, to all the meme-rable moments in between, this race was Curry's to lose. 

Curry received 100 first place votes and 1,198 points overall. Runner-up James Harden received 936 overall points and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James came in third with 552 points. 

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"He's been so electric and so great for the best team in years in the NBA, that, to me, I have to go with my vote Steph," CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb said. 

"The boy got a handle. He can get loose. He can shoot from anywhere. You are literally petrified of Steph Curry from the moment the ball gets past half court," ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said. 

Curry's been a prolific scorer and more than capable floor general in the NBA ever since Golden State drafted him out of Davidson College, but this is the first year that his talent really grabbed everyone's attention. For the MVP award, past winners LeBron James and Kevin Durant left the door wide open for a new contender. 

"I can't step down on my foot right now. I can't put weight on it," Durant said.

Durant's foot knocked him out of contention after the nagging preseason injury forced him to hang 'em up for the season in March. 

James, on the other hand, did play most the season. Nagging back and knee injuries knocked James out for two weeks, potentially hurting his chances. And while he's been good, he hasn't been great. James finished behind Curry in field goals, assists and total points.

There's also the team elements. Curry's Warriors finished with the league's best record at 67-15 — 11 wins more than Harden's Rockets and 14 more than James' Cavaliers.

Curry and the Warriors are currently playing the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Conference Semifinals after sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round.

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