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Champions recognise champions – Curry appreciates LeBron support after downing Rockets

Stephen Curry expressed his gratitude for the support of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after he led the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets and into the Western Conference Finals.

Warriors star Curry was held scoreless in the opening two quarters of Game 6 against the Rockets at Toyota Center on Friday but produced a sensational second half, racking up 33 points to inspire the defending NBA champions – who were without the injured Kevin Durant – to a 118-113 victory and a 4-2 series success.

That haul represented Curry’s best since the opening game of the playoffs, and comprehensively silenced any doubters.

And Los Angeles Lakers star James, who faced Curry in each of the past four NBA Finals during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, voiced his backing of his fellow three-time champion, as did retired Miami Heat legend Wade.

James posted on Twitter: “NEVER underestimate the heart of a Champion!!!!”

Wade added on his account: “Y’all better stop disrespecting @StephenCurry30 just because he’s a team first guy and is willing to sacrifice in moments doesn’t mean he’s not still a beast.”

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It´s pretty special – Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen´s postseason threes record

Stephen Curry reflected on a “pretty special” achievement after surpassing the legendary Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time leader for postseason three-pointers.

The superstar point guard was in top form as the Golden State Warriors earned a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series at Oracle Arena.

Curry trailed Allen by seven heading into Sunday’s encounter and drained his eighth in the third quarter to take his postseason threes to 386.

It has taken Curry just seven trips to the playoffs to break the record, in comparison to 11 for Allen, and he was in buoyant mood.

“That’s pretty special. I mean, I always talk about longevity and the all-time great shooters. Ray Allen, Reggie Miller – anytime we can pass them in the record books, it’s pretty special,” Curry said.

“I shot a lot of [three-pointers], so I got to make a lot of them.

“The way I play, the shots I take, obviously have confidence every time you rise up, but to be in the same category and to pass a guy like Ray Allen and all the iconic moments he’s had in playoff games and Finals games and all that type of stuff, it’s pretty surreal.

“So [I’m] definitely honoured and grateful for those opportunities. I always joke, though: I shoot a lot of threes. I’d better make a lot of them.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was astounded by the achievement of Curry, who had 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

“That’s remarkable, given that he’s kind of right in his prime,” he said. “He’s got a lot of years left.”

Golden State forward Draymond Green believes the argument over who is the greatest shooter in NBA history has now been closed.

“I don’t think there’s much argument when anyone says he’s the greatest shooter of all time,” Green said.

“I don’t know if you can find many people to argue that.”

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NBA’s Curry shoots 74 in solid round against professionals

Stephen Curry was not quite as accurate on the golf course as he is on the hardwood, but the NBA star did not embarrass himself when he teed it up on the secondary Web.com Tour on Thursday.

Golden State Warrior Curry carded a four-over 74, not quite a Spieth-like performance, but enough to finish the first round ahead of several professionals at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonbrae in Hayward, California.

He made a jittery start, his opening tee shot landing in a cup holder on a golf cart adjacent to the fairway.

The Warriors guard, followed by a large gallery of adoring fans, notched three bogeys in his first five holes but then held his score together pretty well after that.

“Not an ideal way to start, calling a rules official after your first tee shot, but settled down after that,” Curry told reporters.

“To hit my first shot in tournament play was a really nervous moment but it was everything I hoped for.

“If you’d told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I’d take that all day, every day, so pretty happy with it.

“As soon as he said my name on the first tee, I could barely feel my hands. I had to take a deep breath and still there wasn’t anything I could do to prepare for that moment but after the third hole it was just golf like normal.”

Curry suffered one double-bogey but avoided major disasters in a round of three birdies.

Twice NBA Most Valuable Player, Curry is seeking to become the first athlete from another sport to make a cut on the Web.com tour.

Many have tried and failed, and Curry faces a steep battle on Friday to make the cut, which is expected to fall at around two-under.

“I want to play better tomorrow and now I’ve got the jitters out hopefully that will happen,” he said.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom)