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Why does Steph Curry believe that playing with Kevin Durant "cemented" him?



DubNation, let's remember a while before Steph Curry was MVP and before the Warriors had won three NBA titles in five seasons.

Think of October 12, 2014.

The Warriors were playing against the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason game at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

Curry had not fully established himself as a great of all time. Kobe Bryant was in the twilight of his career coming back from a torn Achilles tendon.

In the third quarter, with the Warriors holding a league-in-command in the exhibition game, Bryant took the defense of the full court in Curry two possessions in a row in an attempt to annoy the undersized guard.

The second time it happened, Curry created space and nailed a 3-point triple back on Bryant.

In a recent interview with the founder of House of Highlight, Omar Raja, Curry described his mentality in that work.

"This is him, I think the year after his Achilles [tear] and he is trying to recover his competitive fire because he lost a lot of time. He began to pick me up on the full court two possessions in a row, so this is the second possession. So I took the challenge obviously. They let him make mistakes and they did not call him, so I had to work with that.

"But I came by the court and he was trying to steal it, trying to be physical." I gave him a small step so he had a little space and then I pulled him out of the depths and obviously he entered and then his smile after, the little tap of the ass.

"I tried not to have a reaction there because I was in the moment, but then I said, 'Damn, that's great' because Kobe does not show that kind of emotion."

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Little did Bryant, the Lakers and the rest of the NBA know what was going to happen. The Warriors won 67 games that season and reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Curry would be called the NBA MVP and lead the Warriors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA title.


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