The Cleveland Cavaliers survived game 5 of the NBA Finals as they snatched a win against the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, 112-97, to force another do-or-die game for them in front of their home crowd in game 6. For those who were not able to watch the game live, we are going to provide you links where to watch the replay of the intense showdown between the two great teams.
Cavs superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both had a monstrous game scoring 41 points each to lead their team walk away with the win at the Oracle Arena. On the other hand, Klay Thompson led the Dubs with 37 big points, followed by the reigning season MVP Stephen Curry?s 25. You can check NBA HD and NBA Full to stream the replay of the game.
Furthermore, the hopes for the Cavs to win the championship are still alive after they dominated game 5 of the Finals. James and Irving had a combined points of 82, which was enough for them to win the game. J.R. Smith also scored in double-digit with 10 marks. Although only three Cleveland players hit the 10-point mark, it was obviously too much for the Warriors to handle.
Another factor that helped the Cavs to steal game 5 from the Warriors is great shooting percentage. They hit 44 shots out of their 83 attempts (53%) compared to only 32-88 field goal shooting for the Warriors (36.4%). Active hands also helped Cleveland to take the W, they had a total of 11 strips while for Golden State, they only had 6.
On the other hand, the defending champs had to play without their all-star power forward Draymond Green after being punished by the league for hitting James on the groin back in the NBA Finals game 4. Also, mid-way through the third period, center Andrew Bogut exited the game after hurting his knee, which left the Warriors with their reserves to protect the rim from underneath.
Also, the Golden State Warriors had a very hard time shooting the ball from beyond the arc. Although the Splash brothers made 11 3-pointers, the team only had a total of 14 made trifectas over 42 attempts. The Dubs had their open looks early in the fourth quarter but they just could not sink it. While for Cleveland, Irving was hitting tough shots from all over the place, and that is obviously the game changer in the NBA Finals game 5.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will now head back to their home court to host the Golden State Warriors for the game 6 of NBA Finals 2016, where they will have a chance to even up the series with 3 games apiece. However, the Dubs will surely try their best to close out the series to complete this historic season and bag their second straight championship. Game 6 is scheduled on Thursday, June 16, at the Quicken Loans Arena at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.