New York: Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry on Monday was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season. Curry -- who set a single season record for three-pointers made -- earned 1,198 points in balloting for the award, including 100 of 130 first-place votes, the National Basketball Association said in a statement.
Stephen Curry. Pic/AFP
A panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada cast ballots, as did fans in an NBA.com vote. The fan vote counts as one ballot toward determining a winner. James Harden of the Houston Rockets finished second in the voting with 936 points. Four-time MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was third (552 points), followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (352 points) and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 27-year-old Curry is the second Warriors player to win the coveted award. Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain won in 1959-60, when the franchise played in Philadelphia. Curry led the team -- which won a franchise-record 67 games during the regular season -- in scoring, assists and steals. He averaged 23.8 points a game in the regular season (sixth in the league), 7.7 assists and a career-high 2.04 steals.
Curry -- whose father also played in the NBA -- made 286 three-pointers, breaking his own NBA record of 272 set in the 2012-13 regular season. He shot 48.7 percent from the field, and 44.3 percent from three-point range. In the NBA playoffs, the Warriors are the top seed in the Western Conference and currently lead their second-round best-of-seven series against the Memphis Grizzlies 1-0. Curry scored 22 points with seven assists and four steals in game one on Sunday in front of a rowdy home crowd. Golden State has not lost at home since late January.