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Steph Curry: Family first

"There is more to life than basketball. There is your family, taking care of each other, loving each other. Without a doubt, you would have encouraged me, with or without basketball."

Curry on winning MVP

"This hasn't sunk in at all. I'm on Cloud 9 for sure. We're in the middle of a playoff run, but today is a celebration for sure."

Watch Curry accept MVP award

Stephen Curry is accepting his MVP award live on SportsCenter. "This hasn't sunk in at all." Live on ESPNews & WatchESPN

6 things you should know about the MVP

According to his sister, Stephen Curry's got odd taste in movies and is a numbers nerd. Sister knows best

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Steph Curry MVP ceremony

Warriors coach Steve Kerr: "He makes it easy for us to all buy into believing we can achieve great things."

Curry already a Warriors legend

Steph Curry is the second Warriors player to ever be named MVP and the first since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960 when the team played in Philadelphia. The last Warrior to even crack the Top 4 in voting was Rick Barry in 1976.

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Celtics missing piece? ... Paul Pierce

As the young Celtics were swept by the Cavs, ESPN's Chris Forsberg wonders, would things have been "different if Boston had a battle-tested, trash-talking veteran like Pierce to anchor an inexperienced roster"? Boston's wistful wishing

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Doc Rivers on Chris Paul: 'He's alive'

The flip answer aside, CP3 remains a game-time decision. And the Rockets? With Dwight Howard, Doc said, "They look bigger. ... You put Dwight Howard on the floor, you're a better defensive team. You're a better rebounding team."

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No MVP for Harden? No big deal

Houston's James Harden on not winning the MVP: "I got more better things to worry about and that's the Clippers."

Teammate Dwight Howard: "He's our MVP."

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Will Rockets continue success?

Any time the Rockets have won a best-of-7 series in 5 games or fewer, they have at least reached the NBA Finals. Houston topped Dallas 4-1 in the first round.

Clippers hope to keep sailing

In seven tries, the Clippers have never advanced past the conference semifinals. Is this the year?

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Rockets are looking for their 1st conference finals appearance since 1997; Clippers are looking for their 1st ever. Game 1 tonight 9:30 ET

Expect big game from non-MVP Harden

How will James Harden respond to getting only 25 of 130 votes for MVP? "Can you say [scoring] 50?" ESPN's Antonio Davis told SportsCenter. "He's going to go out and try to show people that he should have been in consideration."

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Rare Rockets sight tonight

The Rockets will make their first conference semifinals appearance since 2009. Houston has won only two playoff series in the last 18 seasons, and that includes its series this year against Dallas.

LeBron makes top 5 yet again

By finishing 3rd in this year's MVP voting, LeBron James joins Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with 10 consecutive top-5 finishes in MVP voting.

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Today's fun facts: When Tim Duncan entered NBA, LeBron was in 7th grade, Peyton Manning hadn't been drafted & Jameis Winston was 3 years old