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Lowell Cohn: With season on the line, Warriors' Stephen Curry stands out again (w/video)

  • Stephen Curry gets ready to pass the ball against DeAndre Jordan during Game 6 on Thursday. (KENT PORTER / The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — The Warriors won because of Stephen Curry. He wasn't the only reason. But he was the big reason.

What they won with their 100-99 victory over the Clippers was a seventh game, a do-or-die, loser-goes-home game in L.A. Saturday to end one of the strangest playoff series in the history of the NBA.

In the entire history of sports, for that matter.

Warriors vs. Clippers Playoff Game 6


The series has involved secret tapes showing Clippers' owner Donald Sterling is a racist, his girlfriend coyly apologizing for her dark skin color.Sterling putting down African-Americans. Sterling a bigot and an old fool.

The series has involved teams almost not playing in protest and teams wearing black socks in protest, and it involved the commissioner banning Sterling for life in three days.

The series also has involved basketball. To an extent. The basketball came and went and sometimes was the secondary storyline.

But on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, the sold-out arena the Warriors want to dump, Curry played like a star. He had not always done that.

He also had come and gone in this series, dominating some games, being passive and small in others. What would he do in Game 6, a game the Warriors had to win to save their season?

He scored 14 points in the first quarter, 18 in the first half, getting off that lightning-release jumper, and you realized he was the best player on the floor. He can be the best when things go right for him.

He needs things to go right, the floor spacing perfect, his teammates making screens for him, breaking him free.

If he had failed, the Warriors would have failed. He ended up with 24 points.

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