Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry has won his second consecutive MVP award, and also become the first ever unanimous winner of the NBA's highest individual honor. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard collected several votes for third, fourth, and fifth place.
The announcement comes less than 12 hours after Curry decimated the Blazers by scoring an NBA-record 17 overtime points in a 132-125 game 4 victory. The Curry-inspired win gave Golden State a 3-1 series lead and all but ended Portland's upset hopes.
Curry now joins Steve Nash and Magic Johnson to become only the third point guard in league history to win multiple MVP awards. During the regular season Curry lead the league in points per game (30.1), steals per game (2.1), and free throw percentage (90.8), while also adding 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game as the Warriors cruised to a league record 73 wins.
Lillard finished eighth in voting with one third place vote, four fourth place votes, and nine fifth place votes for a total of 29 points. The third place vote was cast by ESPN's Marc Spears. To be mentioned on 14 ballots after missing the all-star game is a testament to Lillard's strong performance down the stretch as he led the underdog Blazers to 44 wins and a fifth seed in the playoffs.
Lillard finished the season averaging 25.1 points, 6.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the Blazers.
The Warriors and Blazers meet in game 5 of their Western Conference Semi-Finals series at 7:30 PDT Wednesday night in Oakland.