It took a few games for NBA MVP Steph Curry to get into the groove of the NBA Finals. And now that he has found his touch, the Warriors are just one win away from their first NBA Title in almost forty years.
Despite a valiant effort from LeBron James (4o PT, 14 REB, 11 AST) the Cleveland Cavaliers fell short of taking a 3-2 series lead. Cleveland, who is still in search of their first NBA Championship in their history, led most of the first half before Steph Curry started his offensive explosion.
Curry, who finished with 37 points, went 7-for-13 from three point land, increasing his NBA record for three-pointers made in one playoff season to 95. This was a far cry from how the series started. Curry and the explosive Warriors’ offense struggled in the first few games of the series. Part of that may me due to the concussion he suffered against the Houston Rockets in the last series. But a majority of the credit has to go to unheralded, undrafted Cavs point guard Matthew Dellevedova for his tremendous defensive effort.
The tide in this series started to turn toward the end of Game 3. The Cavs entered the fourth quarter in front of a raucus home crowd with a double-digit lead and the league MVP Curry reeling from the pressure. But in that final quarter, something awakened in Curry that we had not yet seen in the series. He couldn’t bring the Warriors back for the win, but this awakening created some momentum heading toward a pivotal Game 4.
Since then, the Warriors have controlled the series, winning the next two games each by double digits. They are now just one win away from an NBA Title. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.