Stephen Curry hadn't quite been his MVP self in these NBA Finals ... until Sunday.
In a 104-91 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers -- one that gave his Golden State Warriors a 3-2 series lead -- Curry scored 37 points on 23 shots and added seven rebounds and four assists. He also hit a couple of late dagger 3-pointers, including this nasty one over onetime reputed Curry stopper Matthew Dellavedova.
The old "real recognize real" phrase applies -- but perhaps never more than Sunday night, when stars and notable names in all aspects of life showed their love for Curry and his impressive battle with the doing-a-lot-himself LeBron James (40 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists in Game 5).
Steph Curry is so much fun to watch. I feel like I owe @warriors a check for the price of admission tonight. Wow— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 15, 2015
What a basketball game. Fascinating series. Lebron carrying a load unfathomable. Steph...ridiculous.— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) June 15, 2015
Been a great playoff season with NHL and NBA, two great game 6s this week! Also Lebron is a monster. Steph is the MVP. #hashtag— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 15, 2015
DAMN STEPH!! #NBAFINALS— COMMON (@common) June 15, 2015
Damn Steph...— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) June 15, 2015
Steph freakin Curry!!! @StephenCurry30— Lecrae (@lecrae) June 15, 2015
Looks Like some spicy Curry on that Deli sandwich tonight tho!!! Lol— Brian Dawkins (@BrianDawkins) June 15, 2015
Steph Curry feelin it all night tonight— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) June 15, 2015
Steph. Curry. Is. Friggin. Ridiculous.— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) June 15, 2015
Yep, it takes a pretty impressive player to win over actors (Union, Levi and ESPYS host McHale), rappers (Common and Lecrae) and multiple MVPs in his own and other sports (Nash, Rodgers and Trout).
Guess that's why he's the current MVP himself.