Warrior Steph Curry Earns Standing Ovation, MVP Chants in Rival Arena

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Getty Steph Curry reacts after a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry grew heated during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, then took out his anger on the Pacific Division rivals. By the end of the game, even Clippers fans were willing to put aside the resounding loss and recognize Curry’s masterful performance.

Curry earned a standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd, which included a sizeable contingent of Warriors fans, along with chants of “MVP! MVP!” after his 31-point performance. It marked the latest game that Curry was able to win over an opposing arena with what has been an MVP-caliber season so far.

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Curry Wows Opposing Arena

Sunday’s 105-90 win over the Clippers was one of the most emotional games of the season for Curry. He earned a technical foul after exploding at an official after a no-call on a drive to the hoop — coming perilously close to a second one and an automatic ejection — and then focused his anger on the Clippers. Curry unloaded for 33 points, capping it off by making the technical foul sign after hitting a dagger three-pointer to give the Warriors a 15-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

“I thought I got fouled, so I let my emotions go,” Curry said after the game, via ESPN. “And definitely fired me up, fired our team up — you have to be able to direct that energy into just putting the ball in the basket, obviously, after that. So that’s where I feel like we do it well, where you don’t let it become a distraction for the rest of the game, and it obviously helped open up the game.”

The performance earned the respect of the Staples Center, with fans giving Curry a standing ovation and chanting “MVP! MVP!” at times throughout the game.

Opposing Fans Recognizing Curry

As Kylen Mills of KRON 4 News in San Francisco noted, Curry has earned applause and MVP chants in just about every road contest this season. In a visit to Cleveland — where Curry and fellow Warriors veteran Draymond Green were initially met with loud boos from a crowd holding onto bad memories from three NBA Finals defeats — the Warriors star also earned some MVP chants by the end of the contest. Curry led Golden State back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit in that game, scoring 40 points including 20 in the final frame.

After the game, Curry said the atmosphere reminded him of the team’s five-year run to the NBA Finals, when Warriors fans filled opposing arenas and even rival fans marveled at Curry and the Warriors.

“I mean I appreciate it, but I don’t think about it too much,” Curry said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “It is very reminiscent of like 2014-2018 when we had a lot of support and a big following showing up to road games and all of that. So we wanna feed off of that and give them something to cheer about throughout the game, or else they’re coming out and it’s just a bunch of Warrior mannequins just sitting down just watching, so you want to give them something to actually get excited about.”

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