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With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter of Game 6 and the Golden State Warriors leading the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ayesha Curry took a moment to tell her daughter Riley — the breakout star of the 2015 NBA playoffs, about whom you might have heard or read a thing or two — what was about to happen:
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It wound up being a bit more interesting than expected — it always is whenever J.R. Smith is prominently involved — but Mom was right. They were going to win the whole thing.
Ayesha's husband and Riley's dad, Golden State superstar point guard Stephen Curry, and his teammates held on for a 105-97 victory to win the 2015 NBA Finals, earning the Warriors' first championship in 40 years and fulfilling a promise that Steph made to long-suffering Warriors fans some six years ago.
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Steph, as you might expect, was awfully amped up about the first championship victory of his career, a win that brilliantly capped a remarkable season in which he became the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Riley, however, seemed a little sleepy ... which is, of course, to be expected, considering she is a 2-year-old, and it was very late in Cleveland when the Warriors finished things up.
And sometimes, when you're sleepy, you don't totally feel like giving Dad his congratulatory kiss:
That didn't necessarily mean that Riley wasn't down to celebrate, though, getting into a group photo with Mom:
... and getting up on the stage with Dad for a brief chat with ABC's Doris Burke:
... and, later, getting some quality time with Mom, Dad and the newest addition to the family — Uncle Larry:
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During his postgame press conference, Curry — who averaged 26 points, 6.3 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 42.5 minutes per game in the Finals, shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from 3-point land — spoke about the feeling of sharing this achievement with his wife, his daughter and his father, longtime NBA guard Dell Curry, who had a distinguished professional career but who never tasted the sweet victory his son experienced on Tuesday.
"Yes, it's an unbelievable feeling in that moment," Curry said. "I followed in his footsteps. I've talked about how impactful he's been in my life, just being an example on and off the court of what a true professional is and how he raised me and my brother and my sister. So to be able to have that moment was special.
"He's living through me and my teammates this — and my whole family — through this whole journey. I can't be more proud of him as a father and a role model and example for me. I hope it made him proud tonight [...] it's special to have a guy that plays 16 years in the league, and you understand how hard it is to get to this point, and that makes it so much more special for me to have this for my family."
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