Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

3-Point Goals-Cleveland 11-24 (Smith 7-8, James 2-5, Korver 1-2, Irving 1-2, Jefferson 0-1, Shumpert 0-1, Dero.Williams 0-2, Love 0-3), Golden State 14-38 (Durant 5-8, K.Thompson 3-7, Green 2-5, Iguodala 2-7, Curry 2-9, McCaw 0-2). Back on July 4, when Durant announced that he was leaving OKC for the greener pastures of Golden State, many criticized him heavily.

"We have to be 20 times better in this building", said James, who has won at least one road game in 29 straight postseason series.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked.

As the Warriors continued to win games, fans started to feel like Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State was the right one. After 39 points tonight, he has Finals MVP to show for it. Durant has 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Curry has 25 points.

"That's a big difference", Golden State guard Klay Thompson said. LeBron James has 27 points, but has played 35 of the 36 minutes.

Not long after, when Curry returned after watching the 10-3 run from the bench during his short rest, Durant just kept delivering.

The Cavaliers aren't going down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals without a fight. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review. Let's make sure you're playing and I get to watch.

Curry, who laced up a mostly white pair of the Under Armour Curry 4 on Monday, scored 34 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Cleveland's subs have scored just two points. Technicals-Cleveland defensive three second, Cleveland team, T.Thompson, Smith, Golden State defensive three second, West, Golden State team. He took a swipe at James' groin in Game 4 after the Cavaliers superstar stepped over him.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - As a fresh National Basketball Association champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda.

The game-changing spurt ended with a scuffle when Golden State's David West shoved Irving as he tried to grab the ball away.

The 2017 NBA Finals served as a rubber match of sorts between the teams. Now Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the Warriors have found the range. He also shot 55.6 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. "We did that Game 4 and we got to have that same type of effort and even more in Game 5".

The second quarter started with more cold shooting by the Warriors, strong defense by the Cavs and a James slam over the outstretched arms of Durant.

LeBron James has 12 points and so does Kyrie Irving for the Cavs.

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Game 5 of the NBA Finals is off to a much more deliberate start than Game 4's track meet.

Unlike Game 4, when the Cavs exploded for an NBA Finals record 86 points in the first half and led by 16, the Warriors were in control. The 9-0 burst was completed after Kevin Love picked up his second foul in a game the officials are calling a little tighter after the physical play in Game 4.

The more physical play appeared to be just the thing to get Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson unleashed.

After trailing by as much as 13 in the third quarter, they used a 11-3 run to cut the deficit to five on a Tristan Thompson putback layup that spiked the heart-rates of the sellout crowd.

The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A's finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.

Cleveland has won four straight Finals elimination games, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship past year and then winning 137-116 in Game 4 on Friday night to extend this series.

"I think that in Game 1 and 2, as well as part of 3, just definitely got caught up in trying to find that rhythm with the basketball in my hands", Irving said. Durant wants his first championship.

Irving scored 40 points in the Game 5 win at Golden State past year, hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 and scored 40 more on Friday, raising his average in those elimination games to 32.5 points per game. Golden State lost in record-setting fashion 137-116 on Friday.

"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over".

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration. "Nervous is good. Appropriate fear is the Gregg Popovich line".

"And when those opportunities come, then you kill it". "I'm ready to do it again".

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was asked about his team's needs when told of Kerr's comments.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, and guard Stephen Curry celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

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