LeBron James and Stephen Curry were at their heroic best Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and in the end, it became exceedingly clear once again that the Golden State Warriors are the superior team.
The Dubs now hold a commanding 3-2 series lead, and are headed back to Cleveland with a chance to claim the NBA championship trophy in Game 6 Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers will be desperate to extend their season, and the Warriors obviously don’t want to deal with the stress and uncertainty of a Game 7.
Per the AP:
The Warriors will have two chances to win the series after taking a 3-2 lead with their 104-91 victory Sunday. They would host Game 7, if necessary, on Friday. […] “We don’t want to come back here,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “As much as we’d love to win it in front of our fans, we really want to finish it in Cleveland.”
James had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday, his second triple-double in the series, and was asked how he copes with such a performance not resulting in victory. […] “Well, you cope with it by understanding it’s just one game and looking at the opportunity we have on Tuesday to force a Game 7,” he said. “Obviously, for myself, I want to do whatever it takes to help our team win, and I haven’t been able to do that the last two. So hopefully I can do a better job coming in on Tuesday. We all as a unit can do a better job, and we’ll be fine.”
After Curry’s dismal Game 2 and rough start to Game 3, he has rediscovered his shot. His 37-point performance Sunday including seven 3-pointers, the second time in the series he’s fallen one shy of Ray Allen’s NBA Finals record. […] “I just think sooner or later, Steph’s going to get going,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He had a tough first couple of games. He got going at the end of Game 3 in the fourth quarter, and that’s all it takes. Steph makes a couple shots, he feels like he’s got it rolling, and he’s been great ever since.”