Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Steph Curry is on his way to finally being Finals MVP

Steph Curry is on his way to finally being Finals MVP

LeBron James has literally carried the Cleveland Cavaliers on his shoulders throughout the tournament and if it wasn't for his brilliance the Cavs would have been eliminated a lot earlier in the season. That's why he's the best player in the world.

While the Cavaliers missed their first five shots of overtime, the Warriors ran off nine consecutive points.

"For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, it's bad", said Lue. I knew I was outside the charge line, and I knew I took the hit. "And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that's going to be our ball". But the officials then called for a replay, as National Basketball Association rules allow for that type of play in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime.

"I don't know what the Finals is without seeing Cleveland, without seeing LeBron", Curry said. "There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us". It was the eighth game of at least 40 points by James in this postseason, but his efforts were undone by a controversial replay reversal by the officials and a brain-freeze moment by J.R. Smith that wasted a chance to win in regulation.

"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right". Cleveland Coach Tyronn Lue also said at the postgame conference that "he thought we were on up".

Perhaps the most exciting part of overtime was the Draymond Green-Tristan Thompson scuffle, but even then, the win was secured for the Warriors at that point. For the first time between these two teams, the Cavaliers will need to steal Game 1 at Oracle Arena if they want to stay in the race.

Asked about the dramatic ending to regulation, Warriors head coach Kerr told reporters: "Disappointed we didn't get the rebound first".

Smith butchered a golden chance to give Cleveland an unexpected 1-0 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven series all because he - inexplicably - didn't know the score. "We've gotten very familiar with each other over the last four years". I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD.

In a physical and at times contentious start to the Finals, Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Love contributed a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

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