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[SPORTS] Jordan Horston: Livin’ My Life Like It’s Golden By DJ Layne Luv

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It’s one thing to represent your neighborhood, it’s also one thing to rep your city and even representing your state is remarkable, but representing your country on a world stage is nothing short of extraordinary. Ladies and Gentleman, meet Jordan Horston the 6’1 16 year old from Columbus Ohio currently attending Columbus Afrocentric Early College playing at point guard for The Lady Nubians and well on her way to becoming a basketball phenomenon. Horston left CMH for Buenos Aires Argentina June 7th and came back to Columbus a gold medalist competing in the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Whoever said “Don’t believe your own press” was not talking about Horston. You can look at her and tell she is not here for the hype but for the sheer love of the game. When asked how she is dealing with all the press she replied “I like it, but that’s not my focus. I actually deleted all of my apps because I knew all the attention I was getting. Once my goals were accomplished, I slowly started adding the apps back on my phone, but that was only to thank the supporters and fans for wishing me well.” Most of the people in her circle say that Jordan is the most humble person they know, you wouldn’t even know she is as great as she is by the way she carries herself. “Just a fun-loving and down-to-earth kid” her aunt Sabrina Whitney says.

As I recall, I met Jordan about 6 years ago and I don’t ever remember a ball not being in her hand at some point of the day. I’m also friends with her mother Malika Horston on Facebook and there was not a week that would go by that you wouldn’t see the proud mother videoing her daughter in their family driveway playing a pick-up game with her sibling Jazmin or even tougher competition with her father Leigh Horston. And in true father form, you would witness Leigh making the 11 year old work for all her buckets.

Leigh has been accredited for Jordan’s work ethic, coaching her since she was a small child. However, word is Malika Horston is the true task master when it comes to Jordan’s will to win. When asked by Malika’s friends how Mrs. Horston was as a sideline parent… they replied “Yeah you would hear it from Malika if Jordan did not put 110% in a game hahaha” Jordan says “It’s truly my family that keeps me grounded.”

The Lady Nubians themselves have a knack for winning. They’ve made many appearances at Value City Arena for the OHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament. I caught up with Head Coach William Mckinney to find out what their formula was. He stated “The Lady Nubians started out as a blue collar team. We go above and beyond to outwork everybody. We bring a high level of high energy every game. Everyone is held accountable to do their job. 

Jordan says her experience in Argentina was unforgettable. She states “The hardest part was getting over the nerves. Observing other countries, you could tell they spent a great deal of time and effort working on their skill. So from that point you have to determine you are the better team and that you deserve to be there. Surprisingly, The USA team gelled together pretty quickly as a family by looking out for one another, which in turn really helped win us the championship”….”No matter what stage you’re on….It’s just basketball at the end of the day”

Jordan says going into the 2017-2018 school year, she’s willing to step up as a leader and face the scrutiny of being put in the spotlight. She says “Of course, when you’re playing at this level, people are going to play you harder because they have something to prove. But while they’re resting, I’m working. I know what’s ahead of me so I just try my best to prepare myself mentally and physically.”

Expect great things from this future Lisa Leslie (By the way, rumor has is Jordan can dunk a basketball) Follow her on ESPN and USA Olympic Team websites. Jordan was one of two people from Ohio representing the American team. And we expect many more accolades to come from this awesome young lady. Let it be known….Columbus Ohio is #TEAMJORDAN

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[SPORTS] 2016 “THE YEAR IN SPORTS”

The Year in Sports…

 

As 2016 comes to a close I could not help but take a look at all the amazing stories of this year…

 

The greatest story line to me has to be the World Series win for the Chicago Cubs. While they were one of the favorites going in to the season, having not won a title 108 years it is just a moment when you have to be happy for them even if you are not a sports fan. That said while a perennial bad team the majority of the past 108 years somehow they have managed to maintain an incredibly loyal fan base and have been selling out for years. Not only did they win the World Series but it also took one of the most exciting game sevens to make it happen with an 8-7 10-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians who were trying to exercise there own demons having not a Championship since 1948.

 

Another monumental moment in sports this year was Peyton Manning taking the Broncos back to the Super Bowl and earning his 2nd ring as we all knew retirement was in the wings. Coming back from a mid-season injury and really a shell of his MVP form, he along with Von Miller and the vaunted defense willed another title for Denver.

 

What truly kept me on the edge of my seats during a usually boring long NBA season was watching the Golden St Warriors go for the best record in NBA history. The Chicago Bulls in 1996 when an absurd 72-10 and established a mark I thought would never be broken. Low and behold Steph Curry your defending MVP came back with another MVP season and players like Clay Thompson and Draymond Green played at All Star levels and the once laughing stock for many years went on to go 73-9. They reached the NBA finals and after a 3-1 lead bowed out to Lebron and the Cavs 4-3. Many will say because they did not close the deal they are not in conversation with greatest teams ever. If anybody’s asking I am taking the 96 Bulls in 5 games if they would have played.

 

This was also the year of the Summer Olympics and we had some great moments. Carmelo led the US Basketball team to another Gold and we loved that but swimmer Michael Phelps winning his record 23rd medal and retiring from the Olympics was the top story. The most bizarre and controversial moment was when Ryan Lotche, Phelps’ teammate alleged that he was robbed by gunpoint at a gas station with fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen. Brazilian officials found no evidence that the incident occurred and announced in a press conference that the men had vandalized the property.

 

There were so many great stories in 2016 these are just a few what are your favorites?

 

#allaboooooard

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[SPORTS] One and Done…

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One and done…

For some ironic reason the NBA had a “soft” no straight out of high school policy and 10 years ago made it official, NBA prospects must be at least 1 year removed from High school before they could go to the NBA. I always found this peculiar, as you do not have such restrictions in Baseball or Hockey where kids are drafted and in the pro leagues within Months.

While so many do not want to play the race card here is what my study found… According to the MLB 60% of its players were White while less than 10% were Black in the year of 2014. In the same year the NHL declared 98% of its players White. However in 2014 the NBA had a Black majority of 75%.

When I look at these numbers I cannot help but wonder what makes the NBA think their league needs to be run this way. In other leagues there are no restrictions and furthermore there are no confines in this Capitalist America so why such limitations? If you are qualified why can you not do the job? We hear all the sad stories of young Black Men making so much money and losing it all, my question is why does the NBA care? Moreover if they really cared why not do more to assist the athletes with money management etc…

Let’s take it one step further… I strongly believe that by instituting a requirement where players can’t go to straight to the NBA they are now “forced” to go to college for a “One and done” season. If a player is a stud and makes his team great that results in Major Coins for the Universities on the back of the Athlete. Personally, I see this as a form of slavery. By winning the National Championship in his sole season at Syracuse Univ the school earned MILLIONS for which Carmelo did not see a dime. Players can’t be paid in college or take as much as a free lunch or borrow a car without being scrutinized. This is utterly ridiculous and while I have no evidence strongly believe the policy of one and done was influenced by the NCAA to stuff their pockets.

I commend current Knicks 6th man Brandon Jennings who decided he was not going to college and played in a Euro league for one season made his paper and entered the draft the following season. If you have first round draft talent and do not intend on staying in College for 4 years to get your degree I say get your money like any other red blooded American.

I look forward to the day when ALL Athletes Matter and can earn their money equally.

 

#allaboooooaaaard

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[SPORTS] NBA is Back…

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It seems like just yesterday Lebron finally brought a title to Cleveland and here we are at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season!!!

 

I have to admit this year has a buzz unlike many in recent memory. Everyone and their Mama is talking about KD joining Golden State creating the “Super Team” and they have gone from NBA darlings to the villians. Though they have 4 all stars it may take time to create the chemistry needed to become champs.

 

While many think it’s a cakewalk for the Warriors, others believe the aforementioned Cavs who return all their core players are lined up to breeze through the east to a third consecutive match up with Steph Curry’s squad for the NBA Finals Trophy. Fans everywhere would love to see that.

 

One team that has been awful the past two years that have playoff aspirations is the NY Knicks. Off-season moves include Free Agent signings of Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee while also trading for Derrick Rose on paper giving them a crew to contend with. I’m sure no one is happier than Melo.

 

My favorite story line is what will Russell Westbrook do w/o Durant. Many predict this team will be lucky to make the playoffs and I would say anything better than an 7th seed would surprise me considering how tough the Western Conf. is. However, I am anxious to see if Westbrook can average a triple double for a season and win MVP. I think he is going to be a man possessed this season. Watch out NBA.

 

After a storied career in Miami, D. Wade the Chicago native returns home to play for the Bulls joining Rajon Rando who replaces Rose at the Point joining Jimmy Butler for an intriguing Big 3. This could be a boom or bust scenario.

 

With Duncan aka “The Big Fundamental” retired can Leonard distinguish himself as the new leader and front man taking the torch? Spurs are the team to never count out this we have learned…

 

Another legend joining Duncan in the hall of fame in 5 years, Kobe also retired leaving the Lake show in decent hands actually. Rookie; Ingram joins Randle and Nance on the front line with Russell and Clarkson in the back-court giving hopes of a return to showtime in the near future.

 

Rookie Ben Simmons had us ultra excited from his summer league play but an injury will keep him out until around the mid season and keep Philly in contention for worse record this year along with the Brooklyn Nets.

 

Can’t wait for this season to kick off…

 

#allabooooaaard

 

 

 

 

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[News] Anthem singer at 76ers-Heat game kneels during performance

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MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and she opened her jacket to show a shirt bearing the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”
The singer was identified by the Miami Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear whether she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side by side for the anthem, with their arms linked, as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We’ve had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action.”
The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports — and many levels, from youth all the way to professional — have followed his lead in various ways.

“All I can say is what we’ve seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference after the league’s board of governors meetings. “It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do.”

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence’s actions.

“At the end of the day, to each his own,” Ellington said. “If she feels like that’s the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her.”

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

“I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans,” Tysse wrote on Facebook. “I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability.”

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Ex-Knicks coach Derek Fisher might try comeback as player

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Ex-New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher hinted at a possible comeback as a player on Tuesday night when he posted a workout video with the hashtag “Imnotdoneyet.”
Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that Fisher has indeed been “exploring options and expressing interest in playing again.”

It is unclear what those options are, but Fisher’s return to the NBA as a player after coaching in the league would be a rarity.
Fisher signed a multiyear contract in 2014 to coach the Knicks but was fired in February by team president Phil Jackson. Since being let go by the Knicks, Fisher has appeared as a television analyst on NBA TV and TNT.

Fisher will turn 42 on Tuesday and would be the oldest player in the NBA if he returns to the league. Other options for Fisher would conceivably include playing for a team overseas.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Fisher played 18 years in the NBA. He helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five championships, played in an NBA-record 259 playoff games and won a league-record 161.

Fisher was fired as coach of the Knicks on Feb. 8 after a stretch in which the team went 1-9. Some speculated at the time that Fisher’s off-court incident with Matt Barnes — an altercation during a party at the home of Barnes’ ex-wife — also played into his firing. Fisher later denied that in a published essay.

The Knicks were 40-96 during Fisher’s 1½ seasons as head coach.

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Michael Jordan Speaks Out

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Many of us including myself have always wondered why MJ has never said anything when it comes down to blacks in America. You have those that will say “we buy his shoes he should care more,” and there are those who feel like he doesn’t have to do anything. In their eyes, he is merely an ex-NBA player and a business person. Whether he cares to be one or not, he is a role model, not only for athletes but anyone striving to do something epic in life and defeat all odds. In a statement today via The Undefeated on Monday morning, MJ not only condemned police who shoot black Americans without cause but the shooters who have decided to target police as retaliation. Jordan stated the following:

 

 

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

“Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

“To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations’ policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country – a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”

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CARMELO CHALLENGES FELLOW ATHLETES

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Following the “tragedy” that occurred in Dallas, Carmelo took to Instagram with a picture of Muhammed Ali, Lee Alcindor and Jim Brown at the Ali Summit held in 1967 in Cleveland, to speak about police brutality.

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First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7
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We haven’t heard much from athletes on the deaths of blacks at the hands of the police. Anthony is calling out his fellow sportsmen to use their stature in the community to stand up and come together and speak out on what’s happening to create solutions. Hopefully, we will see more athletes with the courage to take a stand!

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a three point shot in the first half of the Knicks NBA basketball game Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in New York. Amthony scored 19 points i the Knicks 113-83 victory over the Nets. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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A WINNER WANTS CHECKS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS

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My condolences to all of the OKC fans. I am one myself; however I am more a fan of Durant and Westbrook than I am the establishment. I know most of you will say “that’s how women think,” but you wouldn’t be mad about KD leaving if you weren’t a fan. What would you say to someone mad about you quitting one job to start another that may be more rewarding to you? Exactly what I thought! You would congratulate them and keep it moving.

One thing we all know, but some refuse to admit is that the NBA‬ is big business and for those that think otherwise, you are sadly mistaken. It’s probable that ‪#‎KOBE‬ and ‪#‎DUNCAN‬ are the last two players that we will ride with  a team for the entirety of their career.

Kevin Durant made a decision to chase his dreams, and no one can fault him for that! It’s both personal and business. Get ready for a hellova Golden State year!

-DJ Sunflower

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In another step toward history, Steph Curry savors the moment

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The fascinating thing about this NBA Finals rematch is that while this year’s is a healthier, stronger version of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s also a better Golden State Warriors team than we’ve ever seen before.

This team is better than the one that beat the Cavaliers for the championship last year, better than the one that won a record-setting 73rd game in April. The Warriors emerged more confident and resilient than ever after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals against an Oklahoma City Thunder team that seemed to be finally maximizing its potential.

Oh, these Warriors are smarter too.

Evidence of their increased savviness could be found cradled in the arms of Stephen Curry’s brother, Seth, as he walked through the Oracle Arena hallways not long after the Warriors finished off the Thunder in Game 7. Seth Curry held the game ball, entrusted to him for safekeeping after Stephen Curry secured it and handed it to their father, Dell. This one will stay in the family and perhaps be passed down to Riley one day, unlike the ball from the 2015 NBA Finals.

“He learned his lesson last year,” Seth Curry said. “He threw the ball up in the air, and Andre got it.”

Stephen Curry has learned to grab the souvenirs and bask in the moment, as he did when he hit one last rainbow 3-pointer to put the Warriors up by 10 in the final minute of Monday’s game and then stood, staring into the crowd. He’d gone from yelling, “We’re not going home!” at the end of Game 5 to holding seven fingers aloft at the close of Game 6 to simply standing and savoring.
“You appreciate how tough it is to get back here,” Curry said. “That’s the one thing I’ve learned. You can’t take anything for granted because it’s such a grind, it’s such a battle against a great Thunder team that pushed us to the brink. So you’ve got to be appreciative of this accomplishment. And I look forward to getting four more wins.”

That’s obviously the goal for both sides, though few would put it out there the way Curry did. But that has been his way all season.

It was there with the early eagerness to set the record for the best start to a season.

It was evident in his nonchalant confidence that the Warriors would retain the No. 1 seed against the drafting San Antonio Spurs, even after the lowest loss of the season to the Los Angeles Lakers put that in doubt.

It was seen in his insistence on playing it out and not taking rest days in the final stages of the pursuit of 73 victories — something he’d better have delivered if it cost him chances to rest for the playoffs.

It even manifested in the Western Conference finals, when Curry said the setback in Game 1 would make things more interesting in what he assured would be a long series. He wound up being right, but not before the Thunder threatened to wrap it up early after demolishing the Warriors in Games 3 and 4.

The Warriors have expanded their capabilities. Before, their reference point for adversity was the 2-1 deficit they faced in the second round against the Memphis Grizzlies last year, which they drew upon when they found themselves in the same position against Cleveland. Curry referenced that early in this series against the Thunder, only to find himself in an even deeper hole in these conference finals.
Now the Warriors are the 10th NBA team to come back from down 3-1 in the playoffs. That’s a much better label than being the first team to win 73 games and not reach the NBA Finals. That’s the thing: The Warriors neither fell short in their pursuit of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls nor buckled under the weight of the demands their achievements placed on them.

“We’re the best road team all year, and just think back to what makes you so great,” Klay Thompson said. “You watch some clips of yourself having success against this team. That helps a lot. But I never try to look into the past and think, ‘Oh, if we blow this, what a historical collapse.’ There is no need for that.”

There’s a belief in their greatness, individually and collectively. That’s because the Warriors have lived up to it. Curry and Thompson each made more 3-pointers in this series than anyone had in any series before, and Thompson’s 11 3-pointers in Game 6 set a single-game playoff record. Thompson emerged as a playoff-worthy star, both in Curry’s absence due to injuries and alongside Curry at the end.

“You can’t take anything for granted because it’s such a grind … you’ve got to be appreciative of this accomplishment. And I look forward to getting four more wins.”

Stephen Curry

The Warriors received positive minutes from five bench players in Game 7 and were reminded that Andre Iguodala can still switch to starting late in the season, just as he did midway through the NBA Finals last year. Steve Kerr went with Iguodala in place of Harrison Barnes at the start of the second half of Game 6 and stayed with that lineup at the beginning of Game 7. It meant a completely different rhythm to the game for Iguodala, who found himself winded after the first few possessions and wound up on the court for 42 minutes. Better to make the adjustment now than at the start of the Finals, when Iguodala could be asked to resume his LeBron James defending duties.

But in the end, it came back to Curry — the reigning MVP who looked like the best player on the court for the first time since Game 2 against Oklahoma City — and it set up a battle with LeBron for individual and team supremacy. Curry finished the climactic Game 7 with 36 points, eight assists, five rebounds … and the game ball.

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