Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) defends as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots during the first half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
MVP Stephen Curry scored a team-high 37 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 104-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the NBA Finals on June 14 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Warriors now lead the best of seven series, 3-2.
Though Golden State won by double digits, the game was tight most of the way. The Warriors led by just one point at halftime and took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James did everything in his power to keep Cleveland from falling too far behind, posting a triple-double of 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. It was the fourth time in the series that James scored at least 40 points.
James scored 16 of those points in the fourth quarter, but he was bested by Curry, who scored 17 points in that quarter to push Golden State to victory. It was the first 30-point performance of the Finals for the explosive MVP, who has struggled in his shooting for most of the series. Forward Draymond Green also played well for Golden State, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds and six assists, and forward Andre Iguodala added 14 points with eight rebound and seven assists.
Next: The Finals will return to Cleveland for Game Six on Tuesday, June 16. Tip off set for 9 p.m.