All-Star Stephen Curry ready to lead Warriors into playoffs (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles next to Philadelphia 76ers' Elliot Williams (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

But the skill that made him the second-highest vote-getter in the Western Conference wasn't clicking. Curry followed up his disappointing first-round exit in Saturday's Three-Point Shootout with another rough shooting performance Sunday.

He made 2 of 11 from 3-point range and missed 10 of his 14 shots in all.

"We were glad he went (2) for 11," Indiana star Paul George said. "If he'd made two or three more of those, we might have lost."

Curry did hit a big one as the tone of the game got serious in the final minutes. He drilled a pull-up over game MVP Kyrie Irving to give the West back the lead with 3 minutes, 36 seconds left. Curry threw both his hands in the air, as if to say "finally."

Seconds later, coach Scott Brooks took out Curry, ending his night on a high note.

"I made my last shot. That's all that matters," Curry said, later adding, "At least I got to make some plays for my teammates."

His fellow All-Stars embraced him into the brotherhood. They've been onto him, having dealt with the arduous task of trying to defend Curry.

"He'll be in these for years to come," George said.

In the last calendar year, the rest of the nation has caught on. Curry has blossomed from Bay Area jewel to new NBA royalty.

The transition began in earnest in April. He became a household name among NBA fans with his shooting explosions in the playoffs against Denver and San Antonio. He then carried the momentum off the court, expanding his portfolio of endorsements.

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