Breaking down the Golden State Warriors’ 104-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.
What happened: Better late than never, Stephen Curry looked like an MVP-caliber talent again. His Warriors, in turn, are on the brink of winning the franchise’s first title since 1975.
The Warriors star who had been contained for so much of these Finals finished with 37 points, hitting 13-of-23 overall and 7-of-13 from three-point range as Golden State took the 3-2 series edge. The Game 5 winner in a 2-2 Finals has won the series 20 of 28 times (71.4%).
The Curry v. LeBron James matchup that received so much well-deserved hype coming in was on full display, as James had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Truth be told, it’s remarkable that his battered and bruised Cavaliers are pushing the Warriors to this point.
Curry hadn’t broken out like this in the Finals, though, as he entered averaging just 22.8 points, six assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 42.7% overall and 38.8% from three-point range. He had 15 points at the half.
SOURCE: Sam Amick
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