From Cleveland Cavaliers’ perspective, Kyrie Irving was missed on court. Matthew Dellavedova couldn’t show the finesse to contain MVP Curry in game 5 at the Oracle Arena on Sunday. The Australian scored only 5 points and had 2 assists. Vintage Curry notched up 37 points to guide the Warriors to a 104-91 win in pivotal game 5 on home-court. The Golden State Warriors now lead the series 3-2, and are just one win away from the NBA Championship.
In a keenly contested game, Golden State led by only one point at half-time. The Warriors went on a 13-4 run late in the 3rd quarter to grab a 73-67 lead going into the final quarter. There was tension between Curry and Dellavedova during the game.
“We are just out here to compete,” Curry said after the game. “He’s doing his job and I’m doing mine.”
Dellavedova stole the limelight with his defensive show in game 2 and 3 that sparked a lot of speculations regarding his contest with the MVP.
“I’m taking (Curry) in any matchup,” Warriors’ Draymond Green said. “Dellavedova was hounding – physical, dirty, whatever you want to call it. I was going with Steph no matter what, and I’m still rolling with Steph no matter what.”
Green scored 16 points, Andree Iguodala added 14 and Klay Thompson contributed 12 to Warriors’ win.
LeBron James returned at his best after a series-low 20 points in game 4, then took the Cavs close with a game-high 40 points riding on a triple-double, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, as rarely more than 3 points separated the sides in the final quarter. Tristan Thompson added 19 points to the Cavs’ tally. The home-side broke clear in the final minute of the game.
“I want to do whatever helps our team win and I haven’t been able to do that the last two (games),” James said after his side bowed out. “We weren’t good in Game Four (at home), we can’t repeat that or they will raise the trophy for sure.”
Game 6 is in Cleveland on Tuesday. Golden State can clinch the title only by winning it. LeBron James and the Cavs will try to force game 7 to end their 51-year pro-sports title drought.