Selecting a single shot to define the MVP campaign of Stephen Curry seemingly would be a difficult task, especially after he has knocked down 300 shots from 3-point range this season.
His shooting prowess is so great, that the record he broke for most 3-point field goals in a single season was his own.
In 83 games, Curry did it all, leading the league in total steals (163) ranking fourth in assists (619) and sixth in scoring (23.8 points per game) as he propelled Golden State to a franchise record 67 victories during the regular season.
The Warriors managed to pile up wins in a variety of ways, pummeling a playoff team by 31 points as they limited the Warriors to just 76 in the contest.
In his first road playoff contest of the year, Curry helped deliver easily the most memorable win of the year, as the Warriors became just the third team in league history to erase a 20 point deficit in the fourth quarter.
The Pelicans simply couldn’t prevent Golden State from grabbing offensive rebounds, giving up a 16-2 advantage on second chance points in the period.
An offensive rebound set up the heroics from Curry and delivered the shot that will come to define his superb six-year career.
New Orleans carried an 89-69 victory heading into the final period and the backup guards for the Warriors mounted the first part of the comeback.
Even missed shots from Curry were able to generate easy scoring opportunities, as Harrison Barnes followed a rare misfire from 3-point range with a two-handed tomahawk jam.
Another Curry brick from long range was followed up by a layup from Draymond Green, reducing the advantage for the Pelicans down to four.
Golden State missed each of its next four shot attempts from the field, but numerous offensive rebounds paved the way for Livingston to earn a trip to the free throw line.
Livingston split his attempts, and the team intentionally sent Jrue Holiday to the foul line to stop the clock with 17 seconds remaining.
Holiday converted both free throws, extending the New Orleans lead to 107-102.
Curry raced up the floor, took a pass from Green and drained a 24-foot shot from the top of the key, making it a one possession game.
Anthony Davis was intentionally fouled and missed his first free throw, giving the Warriors an opportunity to force overtime. He sank the second foul shot and Golden State called timeout to advance the ball.
The inbound pass went to Curry and he quickly fired up a shot with his foot on the 3-point line, a shot that would have only secured a one point loss.
The shot smacked off the front of the rim and landed in the hands of Marreese Speights. He dribbled once and tossed an underhand pass back to Curry.
As Davis the league leader in blocks for each of the past two seasons and Tyreke Evans sprinted towards the ball with their outstretched hands, Curry closed his eyes and hoisted a fade away jumper.
The ball didn’t even graze the rim as it fell through net, giving the Warriors a chance to extend the game another five minutes.
Davis collided with Curry on the shot, but the referees refused to call a foul, admitting after the game they would have if the shot had been missed.
New Orleans still had 2.8 seconds to win the game in regulation, but still stunned from the clutch shot from Curry, Evans bricked a shot from the top of the key at the buzzer.
Curry put the Warriors ahead for good in the opening seconds of overtime, connecting for the seventh time from 3-point range just 34 seconds into the extra session.
The two-time All-Star closed out the game by converting each of his four attempts at the foul line, capping a 40 point, nine assist and five rebound effort.
Perhaps the only thing lacking on Curry’s MVP resume was a signature moment, but with his team in desperate need of a clutch shot, he delivered the shot that may define the rest of his career.