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The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

Last night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks would mark the first of two games that they would play against each other but this game is something special:  This would be the first time that Carmelo Anthony would face the Knicks since being traded and he is hoping to close that chapter out by showing up big.  He would also have new-forward Paul George and Russell Westbrook by his side to help out as the Thunder host the Knicks in Oklahoma.

During the first quarter of the game, the Knicks would shoot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-six percent.  Paul George would heat up for thirteen points in the beginning quarter, six of those coming from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook would score five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Anthony would only shoot seventeen percent as he earns four points from knocking down a three-pointer and one free-throw.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis would chalk up eight points while collecting three defensive rebounds.  Former Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Courtney Lee would score five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  New-center Enes Kanter would be limited to four points while collecting two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Ramon Sessions would knock down a three-pointer to contribute but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The Thunder would shoot thirty-nine percent from the field as a team in the second quarter while the Knicks ended shooting twenty-nine percent from the field.  Porzingis would add eleven more points to his scoring total as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds while doing so.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up dropping five points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Kyle O’Quinn would come off the bench to put up two points while grabbing four rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony would start to heat up as he drops eleven points, drilling a three-pointer in the process.  Westbrook scored seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also managed to grab three rebounds while giving out four assists.  George would play for twelve minutes only to be limited to four points but he would collect two defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams would also be limited to four points but he would grab three rebounds as the Thunder head into the locker room with a 53 to 42 advantage over the Knicks.

After halftime, the Oklahoma City Thunder would spark a huge 26 to 17 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-seven percent.  Andre Roberson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn himself six points as he contributes with three rebounds and two assists.  Russell Westbrook continues to add to his performance as he chalks up five points, three defensive rebounds, and six assists.  George and Anthony would each be limited to four points but George would manage to collect two defensive rebounds in the process.

As for the Knicks, Kanter would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he records six points and two defensive rebounds.  Lee would end up play twelve minutes only to be limited to four points and two assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would only shoot twenty percent from the field, collecting two points as the Thunder end the third quarter with a huge 79-59 lead.

The New York Knicks would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the last period as the Thunder shot forty-two percent from the field.  Porzingis would continue his shooting performance as he puts up ten more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab two rebounds as Kansas-native Ron Baker came off the bench to drill a three-pointer and two free-throws.  O’Quinn would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul George ended up chalking up nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Jerami Grant would come off of the bench to drop five points, drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Anthony would knock down a three-pointer to earn three points while Westbrook would also earn three points, along with two defensive rebounds and four assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily pull away with a 105 to 84 victory over the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony finished the game with twenty-two points against his former team, along with one rebound and one assist while Paul George finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would post his 89th triple-double of his career as he finishes with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would finish with thirty-one points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.

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The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers would mark the first of three matchups.  Last season, the Wizards finished at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record but they would lose to the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals, 3-4.  The 76ers, on the other hand, finished with a 28-54 record at the fourteenth place in the Conference.  They would look to start the season off right as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

During the first quarter of the game, the Wizards shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers would shoot thirty-six percent from the field.  Otto Porter scored eight points in the first quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Four-time All-Star John Wall would contribute with six points while shooting only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Mike Scott would come off of the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would record five points while knocking down one three-pointer.

As for the Pennsylvania team, Joel Embiid would drop six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also do some work on the boards as he pulled down five defensive rebounds.  Ben Simmons would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points while rookie Markelle Fultz would come off the bench to drop four points, along with two offensive rebounds but the Wizards would walk into the second quarter with a 32 to 23 lead.

In the second period, the Philadelphia 76ers would shoot fifty-six percent from the field as the Washington Wizards shot fifty percent.  Robert Covington would score eight points in the quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Simmons would drop six points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself six points as Wall would be limited to only four points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Kelly Oubre would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi would also earn four points each but it was the 76ers who ended the first half with a 59-56 lead.

Both teams would shoot thirty-five percent from the field each in the third quarter but it was the home team that sparked up a 34 to 23 run.  Wall would heat up for fourteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He also managed to get a hold of three rebounds as Beal would chalk up eleven points.  Meeks would come off of the bench to collect six points while Oubre would contribute with a three-pointer.

As for the 76ers, Covington would put up ten additional points as he drills two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Both Simmons and Fultz would be limited to four points each as Joel Embiid would manage to collect four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He would only be limited to two points in the eight minutes that he played as the Washington team would walk into the last quarter with a 90-82 advantage.

In the last period, the 76ers would shoot fifty-four percent from the field as the Wizards shot forty-six percent.  Arizona-native Jerryd Bayless would collect ten points in this quarter as he drops two three-pointers in the process.  Robert Covington ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from behind the arc.  He would also grab four rebounds as Embiid dropped six points.

The Wizards would not shy away as Marcin Gortat would heat up for ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would contribute with six points but would end up earning all of them from the free-throw line.  John Wall scored four points while Kelly Oubre collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

With twenty seconds remaining in the game, the 76ers would only be down by two points.  Beal would go to the line to knock down one of his two free-throws, giving the Wizards a 116 to 113 lead.  Gortat would then be sent to the line as he nails both of his free shots, extending the lead to five points.  Covington would end up tipping a shot into the basket off of an attempted three-pointer by Embiid.  With only two seconds remaining in the game, Bradley Beal would be sent to the line as he knocks down both of his free-throws, giving the Washington Wizards a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

John Wall would finish the game with twenty-eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists.  Robert Covington ended up finishing the game with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist.  Markelle Fultz would score ten points, pulled down three rebounds and dishing off one assist in the season debut.

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

The Indiana Pacers pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets

The Indiana Pacers pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets

Wednesday’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets would mark the first of four games that these teams would play against each other.  The Brooklyn Nets finished last season with a 20-62 record, placing them in the last place in the Eastern Conference while the Pacers finished with a 42-40 record.  The Pacers would end up losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2017 Playoffs, 0-4.  The Pacers would look to succeed this season without their superstar, Paul George.

The Nets would shoot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as a team while the Pacers shot forty-four percent from the field.  Victor Oladipo would heat up for twelve points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Texas-native Myles Turner would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected three defensive rebounds while Darren Collison dropped six points and dished off three assists.

On the other end of the court, new-point guard D’Angelo Russell ended up scoring eight points, six of them coming from beyond the arc.  Trevor Booker would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting seven points.  Allen Crabbe would put up five points while pulling down four defensive rebounds as the Nets walked into the second quarter with a 30 to 29 lead.

During the second quarter, the Nets shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Indiana team would shoot forty-eight percent.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ power Thaddeus Young would drop nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also gobbled up three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Maryland-native Victor Oladipo would shoot put up seven more points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to record six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.

As for the New York team, Russell would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up eight more points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Lin would put up seven points while drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Rondae-Hollis-Jefferson, Timofey Mozgov and Trevor Booker would each score four points but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 65 to 63 lead.

The Indiana Pacers would go on a 41 to 35 run in the third quarter, shooting sixty-eight percent from the field while limiting the Brooklyn Nets to forty-seven percent.  Collison would heat up for eleven points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would also collect two rebounds and five assists.  Bojan Bogdanovic would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Stephenson would come off of the bench to also put up seven points but he would only shoot forty-three percent from the field.

On the other end of the court, Lin would score seven points, earning them all from the free-throw line.  Quincy Acy would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while Ohio-native Caris LeVert would put up five points.  Russell would only be limited to four points, earning two of them from the charity stripe but it was the Pacers who would have a 106-98 lead at the end of the third.

The last quarter would be tight as the Nets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Pacers ended up shooting forty-six percent from the field.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ point D’Angelo Russell would heat up for ten points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker would each earn themselves five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Caroll would earn three of his points from behind the arc while collecting three rebounds.  Booker earned three of his points from the free-throw line while collecting four rebounds.

As for the Indiana team, Cory Joseph dropped seven points off of the bench while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Turner would collect six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also grab four rebounds while Young put up four points, earning two of them from the free-throw line.  He also pulled down five rebounds as the Indiana Pacers would pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets.  Victor Oladipo would finish the game with twenty-two points, five rebounds and four assists while D’Angelo Russell finished with thirty points, three rebounds and five assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

Last night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics would mark the first of three matchups between each other.  Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-1.  This season is a little different for both teams:  During the offseason, one of the biggest trades were made which involved Kyrie Irving being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.  Isaiah Thomas was unable to play last night due to a hip injury but Irving looked forward to playing in front of the Cleveland crowd in a different jersey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  Georgia-native Jaylen Brown shot forty-three percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds as new-point guard Kyrie Irving would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning six points.  Gordon Hayward would only score two points before going up for an alley-oop and landing awkwardly on his leg, breaking his ankle.  He would have to be carted off the court as he only recorded five minutes.

On the other end of the court, J.R. Smith recorded six points which would include one three-pointer.  New-shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson would score five points each but Thompson would also grab three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James chalked up four points, along with four defensive rebounds and four assists.  New-Cavaliers players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose would also score four points as the Ohio team ended the first quarter with a 29 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Celtics would end up shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  James would start to heat up as he dropped ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Crowder would score seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love and Derrick Rose would both chalk up three points each but Love would add one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds with it while Rose gave out two assists.

As for the visiting team, Brown chalked up five points with three coming from behind the three-point line as he pulled down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points while Kyrie Irving recorded three points, one coming from the free-throw line.  Terry Rozier would knock a shot down from behind the arc to give himself three points but it was the Cavaliers who went into halftime with a huge 54 to 38 lead over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics would start to pick up in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Marcus Smart would heat up for twelve points while collecting two defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ended up with eight points while Irving was limited to one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Love would drop six points while grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose would earn five points, three of them coming from beyond the arc while Wade would settle for three points.  LeBron James would play for nine minutes, only to score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds as the Celtics ended the third quarter with a thirty-three to eighteen run.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LeBron James would light the floor up with thirteen points including one three-pointer.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Love and Rose would each score five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  They both would each knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.

Irving would heat up for ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.  He would also dish off three assists while Brown would score five points including one three-pointer.  Tatum would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only settle for four points.

With one minute and four seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would have a one-point lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, James would find Love in the corner for a wide-open three-pointer, giving the home team a four-point lead.  Kyrie Irving would then get fouled, sending him to the free-throw line as he only connects for one of his two free-throws.  Right before the game expires, Irving would attempt a three-pointer to force overtime but would not be successful in doing so as the Cavaliers hold on to win the game, 102 to 99.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, sixteen rebounds and nine assists while Jaylen Brown would finish with twenty-five points and six rebounds.

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.