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Cleveland Cavaliers Force A Game Seven, Demolish Golden State Warriors 115-101

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home beat down the Golden State Warriors 115-101 in game six of the NBA Finals. This series is now tied 3-3. LeBron James led all scorers with 41 points on 16 of 27 from the field to go along with eight rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, and blocked three shots. James has scored 40 plus points two games in a row in this series, and he has shown he is the best player in the world right now. Kyrie Irving put in 23 points on 7 of 18 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked two shots.

Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 15 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor, plucked 16 rebounds, and gave out three assists. J.R. Smith pitched in 14 points on 5 of 11 from the field including four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Smith had one great lob pass to LeBron for the slam dunk in the second half. Kevin Love finished with seven points, and collected three rebounds in 12 minutes. Dahntay Jones added five points in five minutes off the bench. The Cavaliers shot a remarkable 51 percent from the field, and shot 37 percent on 10 of 27 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers got off to a great start like they did in game three in front of their home crowd, and the Cavs had a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cavaliers held the Warriors to only shoot 40 percent from the field. The Cavaliers defensive intensity was excellent, and the Cavaliers forcing turnovers and missed shots has helped them get in transition more. The energy of the crowd in Cleveland gives the Cavaliers a lot of momentum, and the Cavaliers record is 9-1 at home in the playoffs. The Warriors have just had no answer for LeBron in the last couple of games, and he cannot be stopped. The Cavaliers will have a chance to bring home Cleveland it’s first major sports championship since 1964 in game seven on Sunday in Oracle Arena.

LeBron James said “One more game left. I’ll play it anywhere.”

For the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the way with 30 points on 8 of 20 from the field, and made six three-pointers. Curry was ejected in the fourth quarter when he got upset at the ref after he picked up his 6th foul and fouled out, and threw his mouth piece at a fan. Klay Thompson totaled 25 points on 9 of 21 from the floor, stripped away two steals, and hit three triples. Draymond Green supplied eight points on 3 of 7 from the field, pulled down 10 rebounds, and handed out six assists. Leonardo Barbosa managed 14 points on 4 of 6 from the field off the pine.

Marreese Speights scored six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field off the bench in two minutes. Harrison Barnes has really struggled in the last couple games as he shot 0 of 8 from the field, and scored 0 points in this game. Warriors shot merely 40.2 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 15 of 39 from three-point range. Warriors also played sloppy with 14 turnovers. Warriors got off to a horrible start as they were down 31-11 at the end of the first quarter which is very embarrassing for a team that won 73 games in the regular season and broke the regular season win record.

The Warriors were eventually able to cut the lead down to nine points at the end of the third quarter after Thompson hit back to back three-pointers. Warriors closed out the game really poorly as they were losing by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter. They just could not stop the Cavaliers, and LeBron took over this game. Warriors will still have a good chance to close out the series and win the NBA Championship in game seven at Oracle Arena.

LeBron James And Kyrie Irving’s 82 Points Combined Lifts Cleveland Cavaliers Past Golden State Warriors 112-97

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road cruise past Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the NBA Finals 112-97. Cavaliers are still down 3-2 in the series. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both scored 41 points, and Irving and James were the first two players on the same team in NBA finals history to score 40 points or more. LeBron James recorded a double-double with 41 points on 16 of 30 from the field including 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, three blocks, and buried four three-pointers. LeBron was making a lot more jump shots in this game than he normally does and he shot the ball with more confidence.

Kyrie Irving played sensational in this game and put in 41 points on an efficient 17 of 24 from the field, dished out six assists, made five three-pointers, and stripped away three steals. Irving was making many tough shots in this game, and the Warriors could not stop him no matter how well the Warriors were defending him. Irving made a tough contested three-pointer in the fourth quarter to give the Cavs a 109-96 lead which sealed the deal. Tristan Thompson racked up six points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked two shots. J.R. Smith tallied 10 points on merely 3 of 9 from the floor.

Richard Jefferson added eight points on 4 of 6 from the field, and stripped away three steals in 14 minutes off the bench. Iman Shumpert concluded with four points on 2 of 4 from the floor, and blocked two shots in 26 minutes off the pine. Cavaliers shot an exceptional 53 percent from the field, and shot 41.7 percent on 10 of 24 from three-point range. This game went back and forth especially in the first half when Klay Thompson kept on hitting three pointers while Irving would answer back and score. This game stayed close throughout first half and the game was tied 61-61 at halftime.

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry made many three-pointers in this game, but LeBron was getting his jump shot to fall and kept playing aggressive, and Irving could not miss in this game. Cavaliers held the Warriors to score only 36 points in the second half, and the Warriors just were not shooting well, and the Cavs did not give the Warriors easy baskets inside. This was a due or die game for the Cavs, and they got a big win in game five and will head back home for Game Six on Thursday.

LeBron James said “We had a mindset that we wanted to come here and just extend our period and have another opportunity to fight for another day. That was our main concern and we were able to do that.”

For the Warriors, Klay Thompson poured in 37 points on 11 of 20 from the field, and drained six three-pointers. Stephen Curry dropped 25 points on merely 8 of 21 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and nailed five three-pointers. Andre Iguodala posted a double-double with 15 points on 6 of 13 from the floor, pulled down 11 rebounds, and gave out six assists. Shaun Livingston contributed seven points on 3 of 7 from the field, gathered four rebounds, and handed out three assists off the bench. Harrison Barnes had a poor shooting night as he shot 2 of 14 from the field, and shot 1 of 6 from beyond the arc.

The Warriors shot a horrible 36.4 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 14 of 42 from three-point distance. Warriors did miss some open shots, but they settled for too many three-pointers in this game. Warriors also played sloppy with 17 turnovers. On a night when the Warriors aren’t shooting well, and playing a Cavs team when two of their star players score 40 plus points, it is always going to be tough for the Warriors to win.

Curry and Thompson scored a combined 62 points, but it was not enough for the Warriors to win this game. Meanwhile, Warriors forward Draymond Green was suspended for this game. Green was penalized for four flagrant fouls in the playoffs which is an automatic suspension. Warriors center Andrew Bogut also left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return.

Golden State Warriors Rebound In Second Half, Top Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97

The Golden State Warriors step up in the second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game four of the NBA Finals 108-97. Warriors take a 3-1 series lead. Stephen Curry had a game high 38 points on 11 of 25 from the field, drained seven three pointers, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out six assists. Curry got more open shots, and played more aggressive in this game. Klay Thompson put in 25 points on 7 of 14 from the field, and sunk four three-pointers.

Harrison Barnes managed 14 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, plucked eight rebounds, and hit four three-pointers. Draymond Green dropped in nine points on merely 2 of 9 from the field including 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots. Green is officially suspended for Game Five on Monday after hitting James in the groin area. Andre Iguodala logged 10 points on 4 of 12 from the field, picked up six rebounds, and gave out seven assists off the bench. Shaun Livingston added eight points on 3 of 8 from the field off the pine. Warriors shot only 40.7 percent from the field, but shot 47.2 percent on 17 of 36 from three-point range.

Warriors also didn’t turn the ball as much as they had only eight turnovers in this game. Warriors played with more grit and toughness, and they play much better defense in this game. This was a great bounce back win on the road for the Warriors after losing by 30 points in Game three. Warriors have a chance to end the series and win the NBA Championship at Oracle Arena in Game five on Monday.

For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving led the way with 34 points on 14 of 28 from the field, handed out four assists, snagged four rebounds, and stripped away three steals. LeBron James finished with 25 points on 11 of 21 from the field to go along with 13 rebounds, nine assists, and blocked three shots. LeBron just didn’t play aggressive enough throughout the game, and he also played sloppy with seven turnovers. Tristan Thompson put up 10 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, and gathered seven rebounds. Kevin Love, who came back from a concussion injury, came off the bench and scored 11 points on 3 of 6 from the field, and picked up five rebounds in 25 minutes.

J.R. Smith dumped in 10 points on merely 3 of 10 from the field. Cavaliers shot a respectable 47 percent from the field, but shot an awful 24 percent on 6 of 25 from three-point distance. Cavaliers had a five point lead at halftime, but they did not execute well offensively in the second half, and there were other players who needed to contribute better other than Kyrie Irving or LeBron James. Cavs out-scored the Warriors in the paint 48 to 20, but Warriors scored a lot more points from the three point line.

Cavs shot just 57.7 percent on 15 of 26 from the free-throw line. This was a really tough lost for the Cavs at home and no team in NBA Finals history has come back to win the Finals down 3-1. The Cavs needed to tie the series 2-2 for them to have a good chance to win the Finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers Thrashed Golden State Warriors 120-90 In Game Three Of The NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home pulverized the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in game three of the NBA finals. Golden State Warriors still have a 2-1 lead in the series. LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points on 14 of 26 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds, six assists, and blocked two shots. LeBron played much better than he did in games one and two and this is exactly how a super star steps up in the finals playing on his home floor. Kyrie Irving scored 30 points on 12 of 25 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out eight assists.

J.R. Smith put in 20 points on 7 of 13 from the field, made five three pointers, and stripped away three steals. This was how J.R. needed to step up after struggling in the last couple games, and he needed to score more especially with Kevin Love out for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson recorded a double double with 14 points on an efficient 5 of 6 from the field, and plucked 13 rebounds in 31 minutes. Thompson’s offensive rebounding and his energy was also huge for the Cavaliers in this game. Richard Jefferson contributed nine points on 4 of 7 from the field, and gathered eight rebounds. Jefferson replaced Kevin Love in the starting lineup for this game, and it worked out well for the Cavs playing with a small lineup and playing LeBron at the power forward position.

Cavaliers shot an excellent 52.7 percent from the field, and shot 48 percent on 12 of 25 from three-point range. Cavaliers just shot much better in this game, and they played with more pace, and were moving the ball better. LeBron and Irving both scored 30 points or more in this game, and this is exactly how they needed to play for the Cavs to win this game. Cavaliers also played with much more defensive intensity, and they held the Warriors to score only 90 points. Cavaliers out-rebounded the Warriors 52 to 32.

Cavaliers just played with more effort and energy, and their home crowd gave them a lot of momentum. Cavaliers were all over Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson in this game, and the splash brothers were never able to take over this game like they have many times throughout the season. This was a must win for the Cavaliers at home and they took care of business. Meanwhile, Kevin Love did not play in this game with a concussion. If Love is able to play in game four, the Cavaliers may not start him and use him off the bench, which may be a good idea sense the Cavs bench has struggled of late.

LeBron James said “We finally got back to our game. It was a good flow, a collective team win.”

For the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the way with 19 points on 6 of 13 from the field, gave out three assists, and buried three triples. This was not 1 of the better games for Curry, and he also had six turnovers. Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds. Draymond Green racked up six points on merely 2 of 8 from the floor including seven rebounds, and seven assists. Klay Thompson compiled 10 points on 4 of 13 from the field. 

Andre Iguodala added 11 points on 5 of 7 from the field off the bench. Leonardo Barbosa notched eight points on 2 of 5 from the floor off the pine. Warriors just never got in a good flow offensively. Warriors shot just 42 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 27.3 percent on 9 of 33 from three-point distance. Warriors also played sloppy with 18 turnovers.

Warriors just played with no energy, and got out-hustled by the Cavaliers. Warriors started off the game down 9-0, and were losing 33 to 16 at the end of the first quarter. Warriors were able to cut the lead to eight points at halftime, but Warriors didn’t come out with a sense of urgency in the second half, and they let the Cavs score 38 points in the entire third quarter. Warriors will look to bounce back next game in Game four on the road in Cleveland.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said “We were soft. When you’re soft, you get beat on the glass, and turn the ball over.”

Golden State Warriors Defeat Cleveland Cavaliers In Game One Of The Finals 104-89

The Golden State Warriors obliterate the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 in game one of the Finals. Warriors take a 1-0 series lead. Shaun Livingston led the way for the Warriors off the bench with 20 points on 8 of 10 from the field including four rebounds, and three assists. Draymond Green chipped in a double double with 16 points on 5 of 11 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out seven assists, and stripped away four steals. Harrison Barnes dropped 13 points on an efficient 6 of 10 from the floor.

Leonardo Barbosa added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field off the bench in 11 minutes. Andre Iguodala put in 12 points on 5 of 9 from the floor to go along with seven rebounds, and six assists. Andrew Bogut managed 10 points on 5 of 7 from the field in 15 minutes. Stephen Curry scored 11 points on merely 4 of 15 from the field, plucked five rebounds, gave out six assists, and buried three triples. Warriors shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field but shot merely 33.3 percent on 9 of 27 from three-point range.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were combined for only 20 points, but a lot of other players stepped up well for the Warriors, and their bench played exceptionally well. Warriors bench out-scored the Cavaliers bench 45 to 10. Warriors also played very good defense in this game, and they did not give the Cavs any easy baskets at the rim, and they did not give them many good looks from three-point range. Warriors held the Cavaliers to only 89 points. Warriors played physical on LeBron James, and they stripped the ball away from him a few times in this game. The bench was just huge for the Warriors, and they wouldn’t have won this game if it weren’t for their bench contributing so well.

Stephen Curry said “You don’t win championships without the entire squad coming in and making an impact on games. Thats why were here.”

For the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving had a game high 26 points on merely 7 of 22 from the field, handed out four assists, and stripped away three steals. Irving did shoot 11 of 12 from the foul line. LeBron James was just one assists shy of a tripled double as he finished with 23 points on 9 of 21 from the field, picked up 12 rebounds, and dished out nine assists. LeBron now has a 1-6 record in games one of the Finals for his career. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 17 points on 7 of 17 from the floor, and collected 13 rebounds.

Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 10 points on 5 of 11 from the field, and gathered 12 rebounds. Cavaliers only shot 38 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 7 of 21 from three-point distance. Cavaliers must execute better offensively for them to have a chance to win this series, and they also need to move the ball better. Cavaliers just didn’t seem to get any good looks in this game, but they must figure out how they can play more efficient before game two. Even though the Cavs defended Curry and Thompson pretty well in this game, they had a really hard time defending Livingston, and Barbosa and they both had huge sparks for the Warriors off the bench. Cavaliers had a 68-67 lead under two minutes remaining in the third quarter, but then Warriors went on a 15-0 run.

LeBron, Irving, and Love scored 66 of the teams 89 points. The Cavaliers defended the three point line well against the Warriors, and they didn’t allow them to make many three-pointers, but they gave up too many easy baskets inside. The Cavaliers let too many other players for the Warriors play well, and they didn’t seem to have a good game plan on how to defend the Warriors other then Curry or Thompson and that must chance in Game two. Curry and Thompson at times can still be really tough to handle, but if the Cavs cannot stop them, they must play better defense against the rest of the Warriors team. The Cavaliers mainly need to play better on offense, and they did not get much out of J.R. Smith or Channing Frye in this game and they must play better. Cavaliers also must limit their turnovers as they had 17 of them in this game.

LeBron James said “When you get out-scored 45-10 on the bench, and give up 25 points off 17 turnovers, no matter what someone does or doesn’t do, it’s going to be hard to win, especially on the road.”