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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 16, 2015
OAKLAND---Stephen Curry came off
a screen, dribbled behind his back and
crossed over Matthew Dellavedova.
He stepped back and swished a 3-
pointer, then pounded his chest and
pointed to the roof, seemingly con-
trolling the sellout crowd of 19,596
on his fingertips.
One more win and the MVP will
really have a moment to celebrate.
Curry made seven 3-pointers and
scored 37 points, and the Warriors with-
stood another brilliant performance
from LeBron James to outlast the Cleve-
land Cavaliers 104--91 on Sunday night
for a 3--2 lead in the NBA Finals.
"It was a fun moment, but it will
only mean something --- and I ll prob-
ably have a better answer for that ques-
tion after we win that championship
--- but signature moments only come
for players who are holding the trophy,"
said Curry, who also had seven
rebounds and four assists before being
treated for dehydration.
Curry was spotted rubbing his head
and leaning over in a hallway after the
game. The Warriors said Curry was
receiving fluids in the locker room,
watching highlights and should be fine.
With a sellout crowd rocking and
roaring in their golden-yellow shirts,
Curry and his teammates took control
of the game --- and possibly the series
--- in the final minutes. Curry connected
inside and out --- sometimes way out
--- to help the Warriors pull away and
get in a position they haven t been in
The Warriors will try to win their
first title since 1975 on Tuesday night
in Cleveland, which hasn t won a major
sports championship in 51 years. Game
7, if necessary, would be in Oakland on
"I feel confident because I m the best
player in the world," said James, who
has carried Cleveland as much as he
The four-time MVP had 40 points,
14 rebounds and 11 assists, slowing
down the pace the way only he can.
He made 15 of 34 shots in 44 minutes.
It was James second triple-double
of this series. But the depleted Cavs,
without injured starters Kyrie Irving
and Kevin Love, tired again late with
a rotation that has gone just seven or
"He has the ball in his hands a lot.
Stick with the programme. Don t get
discouraged if he makes shots. He s
going to," Curry said of James. "Over
the course of 48 minutes, we hope we
wear him down to make it very tough
Draymond Green had 16 points and
nine rebounds, Andre Iguodala added
14 points, eight rebounds and seven
assists, and reserve Leandro Barbosa
scored 13 points for the deep and tal-
Tristan Thompson tallied 19 points
and ten rebounds, and JR Smith scored
all 14 of his points in the first half for
Cleveland, which shot 39.5 per cent
and had no answer for Curry late.
"Not a lot you can do, honestly. He
made some terrific shots," Cavs coach
David Blatt said.
Under the current 2-2-1-1-1 schedule
format, the winner of Game 5 in a 2--2
series has won the title 12 of 14 times.
But nobody can feel too comfortable
after this one.
There were 20 lead changes and ten
ties in a game that featured nearly as
many bruises as baskets --- but few big
men --- and the league s two biggest
attractions trading thrilling scores.
James made a 34-footer with the
shot clock about to expire midway
through the fourth to cut the Warriors
lead to 80--79. Curry answered with a
step-back 3-pointer and Klay Thomp-
son, who scored 12, followed with
Iguodala later hit a three and then
grabbed a rebound, tossing in a left-
handed put back while getting fouled
by Tristan Thompson. Iguodala strutted
back to midcourt, staring at the crowd
--- just about all of them on their feet
through the fourth --- before missing
the free throw.
Curry added a cutting layup, then
lost Dellavedova off the dribble and
stepped back for a three that gave Gold-
en State a 96--86 lead with 2:44 left.
James hit a 3-pointer, and the Cavs
began fouling Iguodala --- a sub-par
free throw shooter. But Curry never let
the game get out of his hands, con-
necting on another 3-pointer with 1:12
remaining, sending fans into a frenzy
and teammates running to give him
hugs and high-fives.
James said the Cavs are content with
the way they defended Curry.
"Was any of them not contested?"
James said. "Falling, step-backs off the
dribble. I m OK with that. We re OK
with that. You tip your hat to the best
shooter in the league."
Kerr stuck with the small-ball lineup
he used to help the Warriors win Game
4, starting swingman Iguodala over
center Andrew Bogut. Blatt replaced
7-footer Timofey Mozgov with the
streaky shooting Smith --- sliding James
to centre --- after Cleveland fell behind
8--2 in the opening minutes. Both teams
lacked size. Neither lacked fight.
Smith made four of his first seven
3-pointers before going cold, but landed
his biggest shot when he extended his
right forearm and shoulder to plow
through Green s screen, knocking the
Warriors forward to the ground. Offi-
cials called a flagrant 1 foul on Smith
after a review.
Dellavedova dragged Green down
going for a rebound in the second quar-
ter, and the officials assessed double
fouls after the players got tangled up
on the floor. James Jones also grabbed
Iguodala with two arms from behind
on a layup attempt, which the Warriors
argued should ve been a flagrant foul.
The physical first half ended with
Harrison Barnes putting back Curry s
miss for a dunk over James to start a
three-point play that put the Warriors
up 51--50. James scored or assisted on
16 of Cleveland s 17 field goals in the
....take 3--2 lead over Cavs in finals
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, dribbles behind his back as he is guarded by Cleveland
Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in
Oakland, California, Sunday night. AP PHOTO
Warriors withstand James
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