Chef Curry & the Warriors serve King James & the Cavilers their third Finals defeat

LeBron James recorded yet another triple-double with 40 points, 14 rebounds & 11 assists, in a lost.  Stephen Curry torched the Cavilers for 17 fourth-quarter points to finish the game with 37 points while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson added 12. The small lineup used by Golden State continued to give Cleveland trouble as the Warriors held an advantage on the glass, out rebounding the Cavs 43-37. The Warriors were also able to get out in transition more effectively, holding an 18-3 advantage in fast break points.

Despite missing nine consecutive free-throw attempts, Andre Iguodala still managed to score 14 points, grab eight rebounds, assist on seven baskets & play physical defense on James. Harrison Barnes continued being an intense impact player with a pair of poster worthy slam dunks. Draymond Green finished with 16 points, nine rebounds & six assists while also sharing the responsibility of forcing James into taking tougher shots. Leandro Barbosa contributed 13 points off the bench for the Warriors.

With Timofey Mozgov going scoreless while playing in nine minutes, the Cavilers used an eight man rotation. The increased minutes for reserves James Jones and Mike Miller combined for a rebound, steal, turnover and a single basket. J.R. Smith led all bench players with 14 points, although it took him 15 shot attempts. Tristan Thompson again dominated the glass, finishing with a 19 point, 10 rebound double-double performance. The magic of Matthew Dellavedova has disappeared while Iman Shumpert has continued to underwhelm in the NBA Finals.  

Game 5 clearly illustrates how it takes a team to win tough, physical championship caliber basketball. No doubt that LeBron James is an incredible athlete but MVP Stephen Curry has a supporting cast worthy of an Oscar! The series shifts back to Cleveland for a “win or stay-home” game 6 that the Cavilers must win. Will King James force a game 7 or will Chef Curry taste victory? We will all witness on Tuesday, June 16.


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