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The Detroit Pistons fall to the Golden State Warriors, 121-114

The Detroit Pistons fall to the Golden State Warriors, 121-114

The Golden State Warriors have clinched a playoff spot for the seventh straight season after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 16.  But they have just recently lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night by 35 points, their largest loss margin of the season.  They will look to bounce back as they take on the Detroit Pistons at the Oracle Arena tonight.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a second straight loss after losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, 112-117.  They are currently at the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

The Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons have met up a grand total of 313 times in the past as the Warriors won 164 games while the Pistons went on to grab 149 victories.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Warriors fell to the Pistons, 102-111.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 5 assists while Kevin Durant ended up with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.9 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Glenn Robinson III (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Khyri Thomas (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Isaiah Whitehead (G-League)
-Kalin Lucas (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Jon Leuer (4.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.7 FG%, 10.0 3P%, 74.2 FT%)
-Jose Calderon (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 37.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 81.8 FT%)

Golden State Warriors:

-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Marcus Derrickson (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 41.7 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Damion Lee (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-DeMarcus Cousins (rest; 15.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 48.5 FG%, 25.4 3P%, 75.9 FT%)
-Andre Iguodala (rest; 5.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 49.8 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 59.4 FT%)
-Jacob Evans (0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 30.3 FG%, 12.5 3P%, 0.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have complete control on the game in the first half as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the Detroit Pistons to forty-four percent.  Klay Thompson got hot for 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry ended up recording eleven points as he also had 3 three-pointers.  Along with that, Curry was able to grab seven rebounds and dish off two assists.

Kevin Durant was kept to just nine points but he did manage to knock down a shot from beyond the arc in the middle of the second quarter.  He did shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he had three rebounds and seven assists.  Draymond Green had nine points, as well.  He was able to hit a rare three-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of the first half.  Shaun Livingston played eight minutes off the bench but only had four points.

On the other end of the court, Blake Griffin chalked up eleven points while shooting thirty-seven percent from the field.  He had a three-pointer at the beginning of the first period while he recorded two rebounds and three assists.  Two-time rebounding champion Andre Drummond contributed with eight points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Reggie Jackson was limited to just two points while Wayne Ellington was able to drill a three-pointer.  Louisiana-native Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the home team who went to the locker room with a 63 to 49 advantage.

The visiting team, however, was able to storm back as they sparked a 65 to 58 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field in the second half.  During that run, Griffin put up 13 additional points while knocking down two more shots from behind the three-point line.  He had four rebounds and five assists while Ish Smith helped out with ten points.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Thon Maker also had ten points which included two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Reggie Jackson ended up adding five more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Drummond was kept to just four points in the second half while he grabbed four rebounds.  The 12th pick in the first round of the 2017 draft Luke Kennard played the most minutes off the bench as he had 16 points, including 3 three-pointers.

As for the two-time defending champions, Curry chalked up 15 more points while hitting two three-pointers.  Thompson contributed with nine points which including a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  Both Durant and Green were kept to just five points but it didn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons.  Stephen Curry finished the game with 26 points, along with a season-high-tying nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Blake Griffin settled for 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Colorado to battle Nikola Jokic (20.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 7.6 APG, 50.7 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (49-22) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time that they played each other was on February 4 when the Pistons handed the Nuggets a 129-103 loss.  Andre Drummond finished that game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks while Trey Lyles settled for 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Golden State Warriors will head to Tennessee to take on Mike Conley (20.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (29-44) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  December 17 was the last time that the Grizzlies and Warriors played each other as the Grizzlies fell to the Warriors, 93-110.  During that game, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Omri Casspi had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

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The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

This would have been one of the most hyped matchups of the season but with LeBron James being gone, it’s just another game for the defending champions.  Tonight, the Golden State Warriors will visit the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Warriors are facing difficulties of their own, though.  They are currently trying to recover from their two only losing streaks this season; one being a four-game losing streak and another one being a recent two-game skid.

Even though they are still without Draymond Green, who is missing his ninth straight game due to a toe injury, the Warriors were still able to get past the Atlanta Hawks, all thanks to Stephen Curry, who outscored the Hawks in the first quarter by himself, 18-17.  This meeting between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will mark the first of two games between these teams this season.  The Warriors swept the regular season series against the Cavaliers last season before sweeping them in the NBA Finals.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

-DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)
-Draymond Green (toe; 6.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Damion Lee (G-League; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.4 FG%, 41.4 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Sam Dekker (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-Kevin Love (toe; 19.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 32.3 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
-David Nwaba (knee; 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 67.6 FT%)
-Ante Zizic (knee; 3.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 62.5 FT%)
-J.R. Smith (personal; 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 34.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-nine percent from the floor while the Golden State Warriors completed fifty-one percent of their shots.  Former Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood scored fifteen points while hitting two three-pointers early in the first quarter.  Rookie Collin Sexton contributed with twelve points which held three three-pointers while Tristan Thompson chipped in five points, eight rebounds, and one assist.  Larry Nance played sixteen minutes off the bench as he had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry got extremely hot as he chalked up twenty-five points while knocking down six three-pointers in the process.  He also had three defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant earned ten points for himself.  Durant was also able to drill a three-pointer in the second quarter while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal, and blocking two shots.  Four-time All-Star Klay Thompson was kept to just six points on twenty-nine percent shooting while recording three defensive rebounds.  Jonas Jerebko played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the Cavaliers went into halftime with a 64 to 58 advantage.

The Warriors would hit the Cavaliers with a huge 71 to 43 run in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, holding the Ohio team to forty percent.  During that run, Curry continued to put up a shooting display as he had seventeen additional points, nine coming from beyond the arc and the other eight from the free-throw line.  He also had six defensive rebounds and three assists while Durant put up fifteen points with three three-pointers in the third period.  Thompson would make up for that tough first half he had as he scored ten points with two three-pointers in the fourth.  Jerebko played twelve minutes off the bench as he had only five points which included a three-pointer late in the third.

On the other end of the court, both Thompson and Sexton had nine points apiece while Tristan Thompson saw to it that he got eleven rebounds.  The second round pick in the 2015 draft Cedi Osman scored seven points while knocking down a three-pointer early in the third quarter.  George Hill would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he put up seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 129-105 final score.  Stephen Curry finished the game with forty-two points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Collin Sexton had twenty-one points, two rebounds, and three assists.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Buddy Hield (18.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 47.5 FG%, 41.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (12-11) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.  Both teams tied the regular season series last season at one apiece.

The Golden State Warriors will visit Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.6 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 57.8 FG%, 11.5 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (15-7) on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will be second and last one that the Bucks and Warriors will play against each other this season.  The last time they fought each other was on November 8 when the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Warriors a 134-111 blowout loss.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored twenty-six points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off six assists, and committed one steal while Klay Thompson finished with twenty-four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The Golden State Warriors looked to take a commanding 3-0 series lead last night as they battled the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.  The first game was held on April 28 when the Warriors handed the Pelicans a 123-101 blowout loss.  During that game, Klay Thompson scored twenty-seven points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out two assists, and blocked two shots while Anthony Davis finished with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.  The defending champions would also win the second game by creeping away with a 121 to 116 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with twenty-nine points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks while Anthony Davis had twenty-five points, fifteen rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Damian Jones (1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

Jordan Crawford (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 44.4 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive at the beginning as the New Orleans Pelicans shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Golden State Warriors ending up shooting forty-four percent.  Both Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday scored fourteen points each while Mirotic connected for three three-pointers.  He also had seven defensive rebounds while Holiday had two three-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.  MVP-candidate Anthony Davis contributed with eleven points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also recorded seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Rajon Rondo had ten assists.  Solomon Hill played the most minutes off the bench as he earned nine points from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, Klay Thompson got hot for twenty points, which he scored all in the second quarter.  He collected nine of those points from behind the three-point line while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant helped out with thirteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry saw to it that he got nine points which included two three-pointers while Draymond Green had eight points, eight rebounds, and four assists.  He also had two three-pointers as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Andre Iguodala played sixteen minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into halftime with a 62 to 56 lead.

The Pelicans went on to close things out in the second half as they sparked up a 57 to 44 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  During that run, Davis got extremely hot for twenty-two points as he shot a high seventy-seven percent from the field.  He also had eleven rebounds and two steals while Ian Clark had fourteen points off the bench.  Rondo was able to dish off eleven more assists while Mirotic had six rebounds and six assists.  Curry chalked up ten points for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Golden State Warriors, 119-100.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty-three points, a playoff career-high eighteen rebounds, three assists, and a playoff career-high four steals.  Rajon Rondo also finished with a playoff career-high twenty-one assists.  Klay Thompson settled for twenty-six points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to avoid their second straight loss as they visited Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Cavaliers ended up taking a heartbreaking loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 112 to 107.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are looking for their second straight win as Anthony Davis would be available to play along.

During the first quarter of the game, the Pelicans shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Cavaliers were held to thirty-five percent.  Anthony Davis would drop ten points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He ended up pulling down four defensive rebounds while E’Twaun Moore shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he received ten points, as well.  Jrue Holiday recorded eight points, two defensive rebounds, and three assists while DeMarcus Cousins would be held to five points and four assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James shot a low thirty-three percent from the field while posting up eight points.  Kevin Love would contribute with two three-pointers and one free-throw while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would come off of the bench to gobble up three rebounds while Iman Shumpert scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc.  Dwyane Wade would be held scoreless in the four minutes that he played as the home team ended the first quarter with a 35 to 22 lead.

The second period would be held closely as both teams shot fifty-five percent from the field each.  Dwyane Wade heated up for ten points off of the bench while Kevin Love would settle for six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Tristan Thompson ended up with five points and two defensive rebounds while LeBron James would be held to just one free-throw in the seven minutes that he played but he did manage to get off three assists.

As for the New Orleans team, Holiday would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting nine points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Moore scored eight points with six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points while pulling down four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Davis ended up with four points on twenty percent shooting from the field but he managed to collect three rebounds.  Ian Clark would play for the entire quarter but would be held to just a three-pointer as the Pelicans went into halftime with a 65 to 52 advantage.

The Ohio team would go on a 31 to 24 run in the third as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Pelicans to forty percent shooting from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins would get hot for fifteen points while shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would be held to five points in the twelve minutes that he played but would knock down a three-pointer in the process.  Davis settled for four points and three rebounds in the ten minutes that he played.

Love would help the Cavs out as he heated up for eleven points, collecting nine of those points from behind the arc.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process to go along with the three defensive rebounds and three assists that he recorded.  J.R. Smith would drill a three-pointer while Kyle Korver and Wade came off the bench to do the same.  Crowder came off of the bench to dish off two assists as the home team went into the fourth quarter with an 89-83 lead.

The Pelicans would finish things off in the last period as they went on a 34 to 18 run, shooting fifty percent from the field while holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to thirty-three percent.  Anthony Davis would heat up for twelve points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would score seven points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Moore would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself six points while DeMarcus Cousins settled for three points but did manage to record four defensive rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, former Celtics’ forward Jeff Green would chalk up five points off the bench while shooting fifty percent from the field, collecting two defensive rebounds in the process.  Cedi Osman also came off of the bench as he recorded four points and three defensive rebounds.  Wade would be held to two points while Korver was scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Ante Zizic came off of the bench to gobble to two defensive rebounds but it was the New Orleans Pelicans who escaped with a 123 to 101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty points, fourteen rebounds, and two assists.  Kevin Love ended up with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, and one assist.

 

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

Monday night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in their Finals series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back in the last game as they hand the Warriors a 137-116 blowout loss.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant would settle for thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  The Warriors looked to close the series out on Monday night as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-three percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-two percent.  LeBron James would score twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would also put up twelve points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He would also grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  J.R. Smith would chalk up five points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards to get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Stephen Curry would earn twelve points, as well, along with two defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant would shoot sixty percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  Former Clippers player, Shaun Livingston, would come off the bench to drop five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Draymond Green would play for eleven minutes only to be held to three points, one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 37-33 lead.

The Oakland team would respond with a 38 to 23 run in the second quarter as Durant heats up for thirteen points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc as he crashes the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  Stephen Curry would also collect one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound and four assists.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to put up eight points of his own, along with one defensive rebound and two assists.  Green would drop five points while grabbing one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.

As for the visiting team, James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as pulls down two defensive rebounds and throws out one assist.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Irving would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  He would also grab one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds and give out three assists.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Golden State Warriors walk into  halftime with a 71-60 lead.

The Cavaliers would come into the third quarter, sparking a 33 to 27 lead.  During that run, Kyrie Irving would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Canada-native Tristan Thompson would put up seven points while pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  LeBron James would be limited to six points but would grab one offensive rebound, five defensive rebounds and dish off five assists.  J.R. Smith would contribute to the run with six points as he knocks down two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Durant would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would help out as he drills two three-pointers, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from the free-throw line.  Iguodala would come off the bench to earn five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the home team would close the third quarter with a 98-93 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Kevin Durant would throw up eleven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Curry would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to get himself nine points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  He would also take down one defensive rebound while dishing off three assists.  As for the visiting team, James would go off for fourteen points while shooting seventy percent from the field.  He would grab two defensive rebounds and throw out two assists while doing so.  Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Kevin Love would chalk up four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull away with a 129 to 120 victory, winning the NBA Finals, 4-1.  This would also mark the fifth time the Golden State Warriors would win a NBA title and the first time that Kevin Durant would earn a NBA championship.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and five assists.  He would also be named NBA Finals MVP.  LeBron James finished with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

Friday night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cavaliers looked to avoid a series sweep as they host the Warriors in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The home team started the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-eight percent.  During the first quarter, Kevin Love would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he earns fourteen points.  He would knock down three 3-pointers as he crashes the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would score eleven points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up eight points as he takes down one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and gives out six assists.  J.R. Smith would also help out with two three-pointers.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up ten points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc and the other five from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would score seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with four points.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a 49-33 lead.

In the second quarter, Kyrie Irving would shoot seventy-eight percent from the field to earn himself seventeen points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.   He would also dish off four assists as LeBron James would drop fourteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  James would also grab two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Both Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to a three-pointer but Love would also pull down two offensive rebounds.

Eight-time All-Star, Kevin Durant, would chalk up twelve points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc as he pulls down one defensive rebound and throws out two assists.  Shaun Livingston would come off the bench to also shoot eighty percent from the field but was only rewarded with eight points.  Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would also come off the bench to drop four points while Stephen Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer while Green would score two points.  Green would also dish out four assists while pulling down three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers would enter halftime with a commanding 86 to 68 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Cavaliers shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the third quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-four percent.  James would cool down as he only scores seven points but he would shoot fifty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while Kevin Love would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Former Utah Jazz player, Deron Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points.  Williams would earn three of those points from behind the arc while Irving would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.

On the other end of the court, Durant would throw up twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while collecting two offensive rebounds.  Curry would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also give out four assists while crashing the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Draymond Green would score five points while pulling down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.  Thompson would only be limited to one three-pointer as the Cleveland team walks into the last period with a 115-96 lead.

The home team would close things out in the fourth quarter as Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight more additional points, which would include two three-pointers.  He would do some work on the boards, as well, grabbing two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while Smith would do the exact same thing.  LeBron James would only score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

Kevin Durant would be held scoreless in the field but he would collect four points from the charity stripe.  Thompson would also settle for four points but he would earn three of them from the three-point line and the other one from the free-throw line.  Bench player, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw would each knock down a three-pointer while Curry would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless.  Draymond Green would pull down two defensive rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Warriors, 137 to 116.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant ended with thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.

The Golden State Warriors pull away with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

The Golden State Warriors pull away with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

Wednesday night marked the third game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Cavaliers would look to use home court as an advantage and prevent the Warriors from taking a 3-0 lead in the series.

Klay Thompson would start off hot in the first quarter as he drops sixteen points, collecting twelve of them from beyond the arc.  Kevin Durant would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn eight points, including two three-pointers.  He would collect three defensive rebounds as Stephen Curry would knock down two three-pointers to earn six points.  The Warriors would end the first quarter with nine three-pointers made, breaking the NBA record for most three-pointers in a Finals quarter.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James would also go off for sixteen points as he shoots eighty-eight percent from the field.  He would knock down two three-pointers while doing so.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would drill two three-pointers to get himself six points while Kyrie Irving would contribute with six points of his own.  Kevin Love would be limited to only two free-throws as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 39 to 32 lead.

LeBron James would continue his shooting display as he adds eleven more points to his scoring total, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab three defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving starts to come alive for eleven points of his own.  He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Love would continue to struggle as he only collects four points, earning all of them from the charity stripe.

As for the Golden State Warriors, Durant would collect eight more points as he shoots fifty percent from the field.  He would jump up to grab two defensive rebounds, as well, while Curry would also score eight points.  Curry would earn six of those points from behind the three-point line and the other two from the free-throw line.  Thompson would chalk up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points as the Oakland team walks in halftime with a 67-61 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would spark a 33 to 22 run in the third quarter as they shoot fifty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to thirty-seven percent.  During that run, Irving would go off for eighteen points while collecting two defensive rebounds.  He would shoot seventy-three percent from the field while Smith would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Three-time NBA champion, LeBron James, would only to be limited to five points as he shoots twenty-nine percent from the field.  He would manage to grab two defensive rebounds and throw out four assists to help his teammates.  Four-time All-Star, Kevin Love, would only be limited to one three-pointer but he would grab two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Curry would chalk up six points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also manage to grab two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds, along with one assist.  Draymond Green would also be limited to six points, collecting two of them from the free-throw line.  Bench player, Andre Iguodala, would contribute with only two points while Patrick McCaw would come off the bench to contribute with the same amount of points as Iguodala.  Klay Thompson would play for ten minutes while being held to two points himself as the Cavaliers would enter the last quarter with a 94-89 lead.

The Warriors would try to finish things off in the fourth period as Durant shoots sixty-seven percent from the field, earning himself fourteen points.  He would earn six of those points from behind the three-point line as he pulls down three defensive rebounds.  California-native Klay Thompson would contribute with seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would pull down two defensive rebounds as Stephen Curry would drop six points.  Curry would also pull down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would chalk up seven more points to add to his scoring total, knocking down one three-pointer in the process of doing it.  James would grab three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds, as well.  The 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, would put up five points as he shoots thirty-three percent from the field.  Smith would knock down a three-pointer and one free-throw as he is rewarded with four points.

With only fifty-one seconds left in the game, the Cleveland Cavaliers would have a 113-111 lead.  Kyle Korver would attempt a three-pointer but would not connect as Kevin Durant comes down the other end of the court to drill a three-pointer, giving the Warriors a 114 to 113 lead.  Irving would try to answer back with a three-pointer of his own but would be unsuccessful doing it as Korver would be forced to foul Durant.  Kevin Durant would go to the free-throw line to knock down both of his free-throws, giving the Golden State Warriors a 116-113 lead.  Out of a 20-second Cavaliers timeout, LeBron would attempt a three-point jumper which was blocked by Andre Iguodala, eventually resulting in a Cavaliers turnover.  Stephen Curry would get fouled and sent to the free-throw line to knock down both of his foul shots as the Warriors pull away with a 118-113 win, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-one points, nine rebounds and four assists.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking a 2-0 lead in series

On Sunday night, the second game would take place between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game would be an easy blowout win for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a 113-91 loss.  In that game, Kevin Durant finished with thirty-eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to bounce back on Sunday in the Oracle Arena as they try to prevent the Warriors from taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

The game would start off right for both teams as each of them shoot fifty-two percent from the field as a team.  Stephen Curry would light the floor up with fifteen points but would collect ten of them from the charity stripe.  He would knock down a three-pointer while Kevin Durant shoots seventy-five percent from the field to collect eight points.  Durant would nail two three-pointers while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.  He would also steal the ball three times while Draymond Green knocks down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  He would also grab two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Klay Thompson would settle for five points but would pull down three rebounds.

LeBron James would start off with ten points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would also pull down a defensive rebound while throwing out five assists.  Former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would also shoot fifty-seven percent from the field but would receive nine points in return.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while doing so.  Richard Jefferson would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while he collects five points.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc but it was the Golden State Warriors who end the first quarter with a 40 to 34 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to respond as they go on a 30-27 run in the second quarter.  LeBron James would shoot eighty percent from the field to add eight more points to his scoring total.  He would jump up to grab five defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Irving would contribute by dropping seven points while he shot forty-three percent from the field.  Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to score six points but he would earn four of those from the free-throw line.  He would collect three defensive rebounds while Kyle Korver comes off the bench to knock down a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Durant would put up seven points along with four rebounds.  He shot forty-three percent from the field while Thompson would contribute with six points including one three-pointer.  Andre Iguodala would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while dishing out three assists.  Ian Clark would also come off the bench to hit a three-pointer and pull down two rebounds.  Stephen Curry would play for eight minutes only to be held scoreless but the Cavaliers would still go into halftime trailing, 67-64.

The home team would come out of the locker room to spark a 35 to 24 run in the third quarter as they shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Ohio team to thirty-five percent.  During that run, Curry would start to get hot again for twelve points as he knocks down two three-pointers in the process.  He would also crash the boards for seven rebounds while giving out five assists.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would help out with nine points as he earns three of those from behind the arc.  He would also pull down two defensive rebounds as Klay Thompson drains two three-pointers to earn himself six points.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James would chalk up nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds along with two assists.  Kevin Love would also score nine points which would contain a three-pointer, as well.  He would grab three offensive rebounds while Tristan Thompson would be limited to two points but would collect two rebounds to go along with it.  Kyrie Irving and bench player, Richard Jefferson, would also be limited to only two points as the Golden State team enter the last period with a 102 to 88 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the fourth quarter as Durant would chalk up nine more points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process as he grabs four rebounds and dishes off two assists.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up seven points which would contain one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores five points, including one three-pointer.  Curry would also throw up five points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the floor, Kyrie Irving would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also dish off three assists while former Heat player, Derrick Williams, would come off the bench to score five points which would hold one three-pointer.  Kevin Love would only be held to a three-pointer as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132-113, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists (his new playoff career-high).

The Golden State Warriors hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a lopsided loss in Game 1, taking 1-0 lead

The Golden State Warriors hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a lopsided loss in Game 1, taking 1-0 lead

Last night marked the first matchup between the first-seed Golden State Warriors and the second-seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.  This matchup would also mark the third straight time these two teams met up in a NBA Finals.  The first time was back in 2015 where the Warriors would defeat the Cavaliers, 4-2, winning the NBA Finals.  The Ohio team would redeem themselves in 2016 as they come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors, 4-3, winning a NBA Finals for the first time in history.  Each team hoped to break the tie as they looked to take a 1-0 lead in series last night in the Oracle Arena.

The first quarter would be a close one as the Golden State Warriors shot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-one percent.  LeBron James would put up thirteen points while knocking down a three-pointer in this process.  He would also jump up to grab five rebounds along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would contribute with nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would also drill a three-pointer while Kevin Love would record three defensive rebounds and one three-pointer.  Tristan Thompson would play for the entire quarter only to be held to one rebound and one assist.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would throw up ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He would also give out five assists while four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would also earn ten points while knocking down two three-pointers.  Iguodala would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points, which would include one three-pointer.  JaVale McGee would score four while pulling down five rebounds as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 35-30 lead.

Durant would continue to put on a scoring display as he shoots sixty-three percent from the field in the second quarter to earn himself thirteen more points.  He would also pull down three rebounds as both Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up two points.  Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would also be limited to two points while Draymond Green would grab three defensive rebounds.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to receive six points as he crashes the boards for six rebounds.  Kevin Love would put up a three-pointer while pulling down nine rebounds.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would be limited to one three-pointer off the bench as the Golden State Warriors head into halftime with a 60 to 52 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors spark a 33-20 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Stephen Curry would heat up for fourteen points as he knocks down four three-pointers.  He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while Durant would contribute with seven points, including one three-pointer.  He would grab two defensive rebounds while Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn six points.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so while grabbing five defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, LeBron James would score seven points while shooting thirty-eight percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Kyrie Irving and bench player, Richard Jefferson, would help out with five points while Irving would collect three of his points from beyond the arc.  Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds but it was the Oakland team that ended the third quarter with a commanding 93-72 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Durant puts up eight more points, collecting six of them from the three-point line and the other two from the charity stripe.  He would also grab two defensive rebounds while former Los Angeles Clippers player, Matt Barnes, would knock down a three-pointer.  Draymond Green would also collect three points of his own as he pulls down two defensive rebounds.  As for the Cleveland team, Dahntay Jones would come off the bench to give seven points.  He would collect three of those points from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with four points.  He would grab six rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 113-91 victory.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a win for the Warriors as they barely escape with a 113-111 victory.  In that game, Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would settle for twenty-eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The Warriors would hand the Spurs a 136 to 100 blowout loss in Game 2.  Stephen Curry would put up twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons would chalk up twenty-two points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Oakland team would win the last game as they pull away with a 120-108 win.  During that meeting, Kevin Durant scored thirty-three points, grabbed ten rebounds and threw out four assists.  Manu Ginobili would put up twenty-one points, one rebound and two assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to complete a series sweep last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the California team as they shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-nine percent.  Four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would get hot for thirteen points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Kevin Durant would shoot seventy-five percent from the field.  Durant would score eight points while knocking down a three-pointer and gobbling up five defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Draymond Green would also grab five defensive rebounds while scoring five points.  He would also nail a three-pointer while shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, Manu Ginobili would chalk up four points as he shot thirty-three percent from the field.  New York-native, Kyle Anderson, would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, Durant would throw up ten more additional points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Green would score six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also dish off four assists while Stephen Curry would be limited to five points which would include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain five points.  He would gather three of those points from beyond the arc.  As for the Spurs team, Danny Green would drop six points which would contain one three-pointer.  Patty Mills would also earn six points by knocking down two three-pointers.  Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol would both come off the bench to score six points each for themselves but it was the Warriors would walk into halftime with a 65-51 advantage.

The Golden State team would come out of the locker room to spark up a 31 to 27 run.  During that run, Curry would drop ten points which would include two three-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would contribute with seven points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would drill one three-pointer as he gobbles up six rebounds.  Draymond Green would knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points while Klay Thompson would score five points.  He would hit a three-pointer while Jonathon Simmons would try to get his Spurs team in it.  Simmons would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field to collect nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would grab three rebounds as Bryn Forbes would come off the bench to receive six points.  LaMarcus Aldridge would drop four points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field but it was the Warriors who end the third period with a commanding 96-78 lead.

The Spurs would attempt to come back as they go on a 37 to 33 run in the last quarter.  Ginobili would put up nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer in the process of doing so while giving out two assists.  Six-time All-Star, Pau Gasol, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eight points.  Anderson would also come off the bench to drop seven points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, Curry would chalk up eight points which include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Durant would only to be limited to one field and two free-throws as the Warriors pull away with a 129-115 win, completing the series sweep and advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight time.  Stephen Curry would finish with thirty-six points, five rebounds and six assists.  Kyle Anderson finished with twenty points (his new career-high), six rebounds and two assists.