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Steph Curry, Kevin Durant Dominate NBA Finals, but Say God Gets the Glory

06-13-2017

The Golden State Warriors have done it again! They are NBA champions for the second time in three seasons.

They beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the finals, winning the series four to one.

Three-point jump shots, points in the paint, and a tight defense gave them the lead going into the fourth quarter.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were unstoppable carrying the team to their nine-point victory.

Kevin Durant was also named the MVP, scoring more than 30 points in all five games.

"Nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game. You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day," Durant said Monday night.

Curry zipped up and down the court ending the game with 34 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds.

The duo is hot on the court and they continue to fan the flame of their faith off the court.

Both are outspoken Christians and say they recognize that their talent comes from God.

Durant was baptized at Hillsong New York City in 2013, but he said his faith journey started when he was 16.

"The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best," the 6'9' forward said.

"The easiest thing to do is fall off your faith and not believe," he said about being in the NBA during a 2012 interview with BeyondUltimate.com. "I just have to continue to be the person I am and also grow along the way."

Durant said he wants his faith and humility to guide his life.

"The Bible says the Lord exalts humility and that's one thing I try to be all the time. When people tell me I'm great, I remind myself that I can always be better. Humility comes before honor," Durant is quoted in an article in the Gospel Herald.

Curry told CBN that their faith in God has played an important role in shaping the team's brotherhood.

"You ask anybody in their walk of faith – it's all about finding accountability partners and finding people that can encourage you in your walk," he said.

"We have a group chat – we call it the discipleship group where we share Bible verses every single day and kind of do a Bible study through text message," he explained.  

"Every game day we probably have 10, 11 guys show up for the 30-minute Bible study, prayer service, daily encouragement that's the biggest thing. You can get lost in the daily routines and the hype of what we do on the floor and forget why we're here."

Curry's favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." It's written on his shoes when he goes out on the court.

He said it keeps him grounded even in the spotlight.

"Obviously, there's a lot of hoopla and fanfare that follows you wherever you go, but I know where my talent comes from," he said in an interview with Decision. "I know why I play the game, and it's not to score 30 points a night, but it's to use the stage I'm on. I've been put here for a specific purpose: to be a witness and to share my testimony as I go through it."

 

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