Stephen Curry scored 37 points in a Golden State Warriors Game 5 win at home, 104-91 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. He is now averaging 26.2 points per game to go along with 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the series, shooting 44.7% from the field and 40.7% from downtown. Those are MVP numbers.
Andre Iguodala will battle Curry for the MVP trophy should he have another game like last night. He scored 14 points, and added 8 rebounds and 7 assists. His free throw shooting was atrocious, making 2 of 11 attempts. He is shooting 54.9% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc. he is doing all of this while guarding LeBron James.
LeBron was the 1st player to have 20 points 8 rebounds and 8 assists at halftime, since he joined the NBA.
Since 2000, only players with 20/8/8 in a Finals game are Kobe, Duncan, LeBron, Kidd, Shaq and Westbrook. LeBron is there at halftime.— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 15, 2015
Since 1985, players with 35/11/11 in playoffs: LeBron (2009), LeBron (2010), LeBron (2015), LeBron (2015), LeBron (2015).— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 15, 2015
LeBron could have posted 5 triple-doubles in this series and the Cavs would still be trailing heading into Game 6. I'm sorry, but you can not win the MVP in a losing effort. The word valuable is right in the middle, and if the Cavs lose, they would have lost without LBJ as well. He has no help, and his coach isn't helping him either.
Timofey Mozgov was coming off a career game, and played just 9 minutes! J.R. Smith started the game as J.R. Swish, but didn't make a shot in the 2nd half. Tristan Thompson had a nice game, and added 19 points to his 10 rebounds.
Draymond Green had another strong game, with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and made 7 of his 10 free throw attempts. He was a +23 on the night.
Harrison Barnes had some monster dunks in this one!