Thursday night, the Golden State Warriors strayed from their game and made ill-advised decisions leading to Game 7. It was victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers with a final score of 115-100. The series is now tied 3-3 heading back to Oakland, California where the next champion will be crowned.
The Cavaliers dominated the first quarter leading 31-11 at the buzzer, holding the Warriors to their lowest points total after one, and the fewest points total in the first quarter of an NBA Finals game since the shot clock era began in 1955. Warriors opened game 6 just how they ended game 5, cold, missing wide open shots they usually make.
The Warriors found their rhythm in the second quarter cutting the lead to 8, but Cavaliers made another run before the half pushing the lead back to double digits 59-43, with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green having three personal fouls each.
The Warriors started the third quarter slow again, but no lead is safe against the dubs who cut the Cavs lead to just 9 going into the fourth quarter.
In the end, the defending champs didn’t have enough gas in the tank to complete the comeback, evident in the MVP’s frustrated outburst at referees which led to his game 6 ejection.
The conclusion of the NBA Finals will be Sunday June 19, Oracle Arena, at 5:00 PT. A champion will be crowned.