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Stephen Curry is first ever unanimous NBA MVP

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There was no drama in if Stephen Curry would be named NBA MVP for the second year in a row.

The only question was whether he would be the first unanimous MVP in league history. Getting 131 NBA media members to agree on something is about as easy as getting Congress to agree on anything.

But it happened: Stephen Curry was the unanimous choice as NBA MVP, the league announced Tuesday. (You have to wonder how the names of the voters and how they voted being made public impacted this. In another era would someone have voted for LeBron James just to make sure it wasn’t unanimous, knowing there were no repercussions? Now they would have to defend that vote.)

Curry is the 11th back-to-back winner of the award.

It was fitting the award came a night after Curry put on a show in Portland that shows why he won the award. This season Curry averaged 30.1 points per game, shot 45.4 percent from three and hit a record 402 of them, dished out 6.7 assists per night, shot 90.7 percent from the free throw line, played solid defense, led the league in PER (31.5) and true shooting percentage (66.9 percent), and this list could go on and on. Just his presence on the court fuels the Warriors offense because at least one defender can’t help off him regardless of where he is on the court, and when he gets the ball he quickly draws the entire defense to his side.

Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs came in second, followed by LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant.

Here is the full finishing order, with first place votes in parenthesis:

Stephen Curry, Golden State (131)
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
LeBron James, Cleveland
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
Draymond Green, Golden State
Damian Lillard, Portland
James Harden, Houston
Kyle Lowry, Toronto

Before Game 4, Damian Lillard answered critic Skip Bayless on Twitter

PORTLAND, OR - MAY 9: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts as he heads up court after hitting a shot during the first quarter of Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on May 9, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Skip Bayless, along with Stephen A. Smith, are the blowhard core of the popular ESPN show First Take.

Apparently Bayless has ripped Damian Lillard on air. I say apparently because I would have to watch that show or care what Bayless says to know for sure, and neither of those things apply to me. I say apparently because Damian Lillard fired back at Bayless on Twitter before Game 4, responding to something he said:

For the record, Lillard had 12 points in the fourth and seven points in overtime for the Blazers. He’s been asked to carry a huge load offensively for the Blazers these playoffs and has done so at an All-Star level. He has attacked through double teams, made the right pass, and been the catalyst for an impressive Blazers offense. Because the Blazers are on the West Coast, and not one of the glamour teams on the West Coast at that, casual fans don’t get to see Lillard on a national stage often enough. He is one of the best scorers and most entertaining players in the league. He has won a lot of fans over this series, regardless of the ultimate outcome.

And if you want a real Twitter beef to follow, check out the Frank Isola vs. McLovin from Superbad one from yesterday.

Watch it one more time: Stephen Curry drops 40 on Blazers in OT win

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The NBA playoffs are just more fun with Stephen Curry in them.

He returned from a sprained knee and came off the bench for the Warriors Monday night. As you would expect, he looked rusty for three quarters, 6-of-18 shooting and 0-of-9 from three. But forced into extra playing time with Shaun Livingston ejected, Curry woke up and dropped 27 in the fourth quarter in overtime, playing like the vintage Curry.

It was too much for Portland to handle, and the Warriors now lead the series 3-1.

Stephen Curry is all the way back. Which is good for fans and bad for the rest of the league.

Blazers’ owner Paul Allen’s face sums up Stephen Curry’s night

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 03:   Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of Portland Trail Blazers, watches the Portland Trail Blazers play the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Stephen Curry put on a show Monday night, scoring 17 points in overtime alone while dropping 40 on the Trail Blazers.

How impressive was Curry?

The face of Blazers’ owner Paul Allen summed it up perfectly:

(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)

Dwyane Wade passed Magic Johnson on NBA all-time playoff scoring list

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With a fadeaway elbow jumper early in the game Monday night, Dwyane Wade moved past Lakers’ legend Magic Johnson into 13th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.

Wade went off for 30 in the Heat’s overtime win. Plus he had the shot of the night.

Wade has been the best Heat player in this series, averaging 27 points a game and shooting 50 percent, turning back the clock and showing some of the athleticism that helped him lead the Heat to a championship a decade ago. That he’s still doing it now speaks to the kind of longevity that gets you past people like Magic on all-time lists. And it wasn’t just Magic these playoffs, as Tim Reynolds of the AP noted.