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Cavaliers overpowers Warriors to pull NBA finals into Game 7

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The Cleveland Cavaliers throttles the Golden State Warriors in game 6 to extend the NBA finals into a winner-take-all game seven.

There were early signs for the need of the deciding match as the Cavaliers blew 31 points over Warriors’s meager 11 in the first quarter. Although the West Coast team managed to retaliate with 32 in the second, the Cavaliers were never far behind at 28.

LeBron James then managed – with a little bit of LeBron magic – to lead a consecutive 27-point blowout with a contribution to every point as the Warriors managed to squeeze a 24 point gap to seven in the final quarter.

He checks out with a thunderous ovation in the final minutes, scoring 14 out of his massive 41 points contribution to the team. Kyrie Irving added 23 to the board to top off James’s epic performance, and the Cavs saved their season for the second time in four days.

And should they have the last laugh the Cavaliers will be the first to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals, even if it does pale in comparison with the Warriors’s record of 73 regular season wins this season. Most importantly, it will be their first major championship win since 1964.

“I want to win for sure,” said James, who added 11 assists and eight rebounds. “But I want to give everything I’ve got and we’ll see what happens. We forced a Game 7. It’s going to be a fun one.”

It was indeed unimaginable for the Warriors to be in this situation since game 4. But everyone seemed to have lost their touch, with reigning MVP Steph Curry only scoring 30 and his splash sibling adding 25.

Curry was even ejected with little more than 4 minutes left after being called for a sixth personal foul. He cursed at an official and fired his mouthpiece into the front row, striking a fan.

But it did not dampen the atmosphere in Q Arena at all. As the minutes died away, every Cleveland fan joined in the chants, “Cavs in 7!” and “See you Sunday!”

Warriors complete seventh game comeback against OKC

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Warriors complete seventh game comeback against OKC

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Golden State Warriors win series by 4-3.

The Golden State Warriors defy all odds against Oklahoma City Thunder by completing one of the unlikeliest of comebacks in NBA history, rallying from near defeat to win game 7 by 96-88 and move into the NBA final for the second year running.

NBA MVP Stephen Curry and his team had lagged far behind at 3-1 in the series and looked fated for an early exit from the postseason tournament. But after two straight wins they managed to level the series at 3-3, forcing a winner-takes-all game 7 decider.

Still, things did not look as it was all going according to plan for the Warriors despite their advantage of playing on home ground. They fell behind as much as 13 points before the first half ended 48-42, with OKC taking the lead.

Then everyone in the Golden State camp seemed to fire up, and every player suddenly seemed eager to test themselves for how many 3 pointers they have got in them.

Stephen Curry, reliable as always, scored the game-high 36-points as Klay Thompson added 21 and six threes to follow-up a record breaking performance in game six.

“We survived by the skin of our teeth”, said Golden State coach Steve Kerr. “We were able to pull it out, and we’re moving on.”

But it was not all Warriors here – Thunder had suffered a little drop in performance too. The team had been notorious in losing out in the final quarter even in regular season, just as in game 6 against the Warriors.

They also paid the price as their dynamic duo struggled at the worst possible time – Russell Westbrook was only 7-for-21 from the floor while Kevin Durant shot 10-for-19 for a total of 27 points, his lowest-scoring Game 7 performance ever.

“We laid it all out there,” a somber Durant said after the game. “Everybody left their soul out on the court. We have no regrets.”

But in the end, whether by ability and circumstance, the defending champions had won and is now set for a title rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, with hopes to repeat their 4-2 win last year – or better than that, given their record breaking season.

Warriors resist elimination; Cavaliers thumps Raptors

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Warriors resist elimination; Cavaliers thumps Raptors

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The Golden State Warriors staves off their seemingly impending elimination from the NBA playoffs by beating Oklahoma City Thunder to make it 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

The Thunders did no wrong, however. Their dynamic duo, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were able to net 40 and 31 points respectively, adding eight assists and seven rebounds for the team.

But a defiant Stephen Curry rallied his team in their attempt to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 playoff deficit. He raised his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd and bagged 31 points, keeping safe the defending champions who broke records by 73-9 in the regular season.

As the game approached the end, Curry yelled defiantly, “We’re not going home! We’re not going home!”

Klay Thompson added 27 for the Warriors, and they will meet Thunder for Game 6 on Saturday night.

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Back on home turf, the Cleveland Cavaliers blitzed straight past the Toronto Raptors from the start to pull ahead to 3-2 as the playoff score levelled after their last game.

Lebron James scored 23 points while Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

The four-time MVP also added eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter with the Cavs up 37. He spent the fourth quarter resting on the bench, watching keenly as Cleveland’s reserves completed the demolishing.

They came into the game following two straight losses across the border, opening with a 34-point lead in the first half and never slowed down since.

Lebron and his team could clinch a second consecutive conference title with a win in Game 6 away at Canada once more.

Curry named NBA MVP for two years running

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Curry named NBA MVP for two years running

To nobody’s surprise, Golden State Warriors ace Steph Curry is named NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second year running, the 11th player to win back-to-back MVP awards.

Curry had returned from a sprained knee injury on Monday, scoring an NBA record of 17 points in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers. He finished the game with 40 points as the Warriors rallied to a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals with a 132-125 victory.

As he hit a 3-point shot with 1:51 remaining in overtime Monday night, he emphatically said what fans in the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, already knew.

“I’m back!”

This was for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first-round series against the Houston Rockets, and Curry was quite rusty for three quarters but a sensation down the stretch after the Warriors trailed by as much as 16 points.

He was originally expected to play about 25 minutes off the bench, but picked up a heavier workload in the second half after Shaun Livingston, who had been starting in his absence, got ejected in the second quarter after arguing a call and picking up two technical fouls.

The win also means that the Warriors can progressed through the series should they win in Game 5 on Wednesday night at home.

Curry claims his MVP award a day after the Warriors’s victory against the Blazers.

Curry claims his MVP award a day after the Warriors’s victory against the Blazers.

But his contribution in the game does not take the shine out of his MVP award the next day.

The point guard has also become the first ever player to become an unanimous MVP winner as he made a clean sweep of all 131 first-place votes, including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the fan vote.

There are more than a few reasons for this. He made 402 3-pointers, shattering his single-season NBA record of 286, which he set last season. He also led his team to a record-setting 24-0 start, the best start yet by a margin of nine wins.

His team had also finished 73-9, the winningest record in NBA history, exceeding the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’s 72-10 record which many thought impossible to get one over.

Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard finished second in the voting with 634 points, while Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was third with 631 points.