With the NBA Finals tied at two games apiece, the Golden State Warriors looked to take the series lead on their home floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both teams have shown their insatiable hunger for an NBA Championship and were eager for game five to commence. It was a close contest for majority of the game, but the “Dubs” took a 104-91 victory.
Stephen Curry, often the object of criticism in this series, silenced the doubters with an absolutely scintillating shooting display. The master chef cooked the Cavs from behind the arc, sinking seven 3-pointers and scoring 37 total points. He also dished out four assists and grabbed seven rebounds. 17 of his 37 points came from an impressive shooting surge in the fourth quarter. This scoring outburst shifted the momentum and lifted the Warriors past the Cavaliers.
Oracle Arena was in frenzy as the Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter and took firm control of the game. Players such as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, and Leandro Barbosa also performed well and made solid contributions throughout the game. They scored 12, 16, 8, 14, and 13 points respectively. Their elevated level of play and Curry’s commanding shooting exhibition proved to be too much for the opposition to handle.
LeBron James put his team on his back and carried the Cavs as far as any man could take them, but his herculean effort was still just was not enough. James finished with a tremendous stat line of 40 points, 11 assists, and 14 rebounds. Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert were the only other players on the Cavs who made much of an impact offensively, scoring 19, 10, and 14 points respectively.
The Golden State Warriors are now one win away from achieving their first NBA Title since 1975, but expect the Cavaliers to regroup and try to force a game 7.