Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Finals Game 5 Recap

In game 5 Cleveland got off to a hot start once again. In the first quarter, Kyrie had a couple incredible finishes at the rim while LeBron carried the rest of the workload for the Cavs.

With Cleveland’s offense thriving, LeBron & Co. headed into the second quarter with a 37–33 lead over Golden State — the dream of a 3–0 comeback was still alive.

At the beginning of the second quarter, LeBron wasn’t slowing down one bit. He threw down an enormous dunk over KD, which was one of the top highlights from game five.

But the rest of the second quarter was all Golden State.

The Warriors outscored Cleveland 38–23 in the period, giving them an 11 point lead heading into halftime.

It could have been a 14 point lead, but JR Smith hit one from the parking lot to end the half.

Cleveland fought back in the second half with a few huge buckets from LeBron. But it seemed like Durant was there to match LeBron every time.

Cleveland was able to come within striking distance a few times in the fourth quarter, but eventually Golden State created too much separation for Cleveland to come back.

Finally, Steph clinched the Finals with a heavily contested dagger right over Kyrie.

Final Score: 129–120

By getting to the rim with ease, Curry finished the game with 34 points. He dished out 10 assists along the way too.

Watching him in this year’s Finals only made it more obvious that Curry was nowhere near healthy in the 2016 Finals. This year he was on top of his game, posting averages of 26.8 points, 9.4 assists, and 8 rebounds per game in the Finals.

However, it became clear in the Finals that Curry is no longer the best player on his team. That title now belongs to Kevin Durant.

KD was just too much for Cleveland to handle. He truly made the difference in this series, and he did it again in game five by pouring in 39 points.

Durant averaged 35.2 points per game while converting on over 55% of his field goals and over 45% from 3-point range in the Finals. He was also incredible on the defensive end — a previously underrated part of his game.

To no one’s surprise, KD came away with the Finals MVP.

So there you have it. The Golden State Warriors are your 2017 Champs. After losing just one game in the entire playoffs, the 2016–17 Warriors cemented themselves as one of the best, if not the best, team ever. The scary part? They are only going to get better over time.

Barring any injuries or major surprises, the Warriors should be right back in the Finals next year and in the foreseeable future. This could truly be the start of a dynasty.

As for Cleveland, they have an interesting summer ahead of them. LeBron James could not have played any better in this series. In fact, he was the first player in Finals history to average a triple-double. But there is still a considerable gap between these two teams. If we know anything about LeBron, he won’t accept running it back with the same team again. He will demand upgrades around him, which will force the Cavs to make some tough decisions.

Will they look to make a major roster shakeup by trading Kevin Love? Or will they try to change up their bench unit. Either way, they have a lot of work to do if they want to compete with this Golden State team in the Finals next year.

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