NBA Finals Simulation - Warriors vs Cavaliers III

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Game 1

Cavs 114 Warriors 100
  • The Headline - "Undefeated No More!"
  • The Good - LeBron James, 33 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists
  • The Bad - Kevin Durant and Draymond Green combine for just 16 points
  • The Ugly - The Cavs lead the Warriors by 21 points at half.
Did the Warriors get too much rest heading into the NBA Finals, or was LeBron and company just looking to make a statement in game one on the road? Whatever it was, the Cavs dominated game one and the Warriors suffered their first loss of the playoffs.

This game was never as close as the final score shows, as the Cavs lead 35-25 at the end of the first quarter and took a commanding 73-52 lead at half.

LeBron James was a beast as he fell an assist short of a triple double, finishing the night with 33 points (14-26), 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Deron Williams finished with 15 points off the bench, while Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were all in double figures. Tristan Thompson had a game high 15 rebounds, including 7 offensive.

For Golden State, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry were the only guys who showed up to play. The two of them combined to score 62 of the teams 100 points, shooting 20-36 from the field, 12-20 from behind the arch and a perfect 10-10 from the foul line. The rest of the Warriors combined to score just 38 points, and shot a dreadful 33.3% from the field.

Kevin Durant never got into rhythm as he was hounded all night by LeBron James and Iman Shumpert. In fact he only attempts 9 shots, finishing with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Draymond Green was just as useless on offense, scoring 5 points on 5 shot attempts, but he did add 12 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

Game 2

Cavs 98 Warriors 93
  • The Headline - "The King Returns Home With a Commanding 2-0 Lead"
  • The Good - LeBron James gets his triple double, 23 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists
  • The Bad - Kevin Durant and Draymond Green combine for just 18 points
  • The Ugly - Golden State shoots 7-34 from the 3 point line.
After an ugly game one, game two went right down to the wire, giving NBA fans some excitement all game long. The Cavs had a two point lead at half,  and neither team had more than a five point lead at any point.

Golden State had a four point lead in the final five minutes of the game, but Kyle Korver off the bench hit three 3-pointers, scoring 11 of his 14 points in that span, to help lift the Cavs to a five point victory.

Aside from the score, there were a lot of similarities in game two that we saw back in game one. For instance, LeBron James continues to prove he's the best player on the court by a lot. He fell one assist short of a triple double in game one, and he got his triple double in game two, adding four steals and a block.

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green once again failed to combine for 20 points, and Green lasted just 22 minutes before fouling out. KD was 4-13 from the field and 0-6 from downtown, and finished the night with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocked shots.

Steph and Klay combined for 51 points on 20-37 shooting and 5-12 from behind the arch.

For Cleveland, Kevin Love added a double double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving was quiet with just 11 points and 8 assists. Tristian Thompson helped clean up the glass with 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith was pretty bad in this one scoring just 5 points on 1-8 shooting in 30 minutes.

Game 3

Warriors 130 Cavs 127
  • The Headline - "We Got A Series Now!"
  • The Good - Teams combined to shoot 29-58 from downtown
  • The Great - LeBron James drops his second straight triple double
  • The Best  - Steph Curry scores 39 points, including 18 in 4th quarter.
In a must win game, the Warriors offense finally came alive, led by Steph Curry's 39 points and six 3-pointers. Curry, Thompson and Durant combined to score 88 points, outscoring the Cavs big 3 of LeBron, Kevin Love and Irving who combined to score 68.

The Cavs lead this game at half, 66-63, but the Warriors used a 37 point third quarter to take a six point lead and never lost it. Steph Curry scored 18 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Warriors fight off a strong Cavs comeback.

Draymond Green was help to just 9 points, but added six rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points off the bench on a perfect 5-5 shooting.

Kevin Love lead the Cavs with 30 points on 12-19 shooting, while Kyrie Irving added 20. LeBron for a second straight game added a triple double in a losing effort with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and four blocks.

Game 4

Cavs 119 Warriors 108
  • The Headline - "First Home Win Of The Series Has LeBron 1 Win From His 4th Ring!"
  • The Good - LeBron James 25 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists
  • The Bad - The Warriors bench scores just 17 points
  • The Ugly - Andre Iguodala shoots 3-15 off the bench
The story of game 4 was the Cavs bench. Kyle Korver and Deron Williams led the bench unit with a combined 27 points, including five three pointers (4 by Korver). The two of them combined to outscore the entire Warriors bench by 10 points (17 bench points).

Andre Iguodala was the leader of the brutal bench play in game four, as he shot 3-15 from the field. He did grab 5 rebounds and had 6 assists for what it's worth.

Steph continues to be great in the series, as he scored a game high 32 points, shooting 9-22 from the field and knocking down six threes. Klay Thompson added five three's of his own, as he and Durant both scored 22 a piece.

Draymond Green fouled out for the second time in the series, and has been held under 10 points in all four games of the series. He finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Kyrie led the Cavs with 27 points to go along with his five assists. LeBron put up a ridiculous stat line of 25 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists and two blocks. He shot 8-10 from the field and 8-12 from the foul line. However LeBron did turn the ball over 8 times.

Cleveland was much more effective from behind the arch as they made 12 shots on 25 attempts (48%), compared to the Warriors who took 35 attempts but made 13 (37%).

Game 5

Warriors 121 Cavs 117
  • The Headline - "Whose Feeling The Pressure Now?"
  • The Good - Golden State's bench contributes 40 points
  • The Great - Warriors offense shoots 56% from the field
  • The Best - Steph Curry posts a triple double, 20 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists
For the first time all series, the Warriors bench finally outplayed the Cavs bench and that turned out to be the difference in game 5. Andre Iguodala led the bench unit with 14 points and 7 asissts, Matt Barnes knocked down four 3-pointers and Javale McGee was a perfect 5-5 from the field.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry both struggled from downtown, going a combined 3-15, but they scored 41 points between them. Curry of course had the monster game with his best LeBron James impersonation, 20 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.

LeBron struggled offensively, shooting just 7-17 from the field, but still finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Kevin Love led the Cavs with 25 points and 11 rebounds, but he also struggled, going 6-16 from the field, but he did knock down all 12 of his free throws. Kyrie scored 20 points on 6-9 shooting.

Cleveland's bench had it's up and downs. Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert were an impressive 7-12 from the field and combined to score 19 points. Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson combined for just 8 points on 2-12 shooting.

Game 6

Warriors 121 Cavs 114
  • The Headline - "We're Going Seven!"
  • The Good - Golden State's shooting from downtown, 17-32 (53%)
  • The Bad - J.R. Smith, Deron Williams and Channing Frye combine to shoot 4-22 from the field
  • The Ugly - Cleveland's effort on the glass. Out rebounded 52-34
Well for a second straight year, these two teams will play in a 7th game to determine the NBA champion. Golden State was locked in from the start, and never let their foot off the gas as they were deadly from behind the arch. Golden State actually shot a higher percentage from downtown than they did from the field for the game, 53% to 51%.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 28 points, as he and Steph Curry both knocked down four 3-pointers a piece. Curry finished with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Kevin Durant hit three 3-pointers as well, and also had a double double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

Shaun Livingston had his best game of the series, scoring 14 points off the bench on 6-8 shooting.

LeBron led all scorers with 29 points in a losing effort, as he also pulled down 7 rebounds, dished out 7 assists and had 4 steals. Kyrie scored 20 points while handing out 14 assists. Kevin Love grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with his 19 points.

Cleveland showed no effort on the boards all game, as they allowed Golden State to pull down 13 offensive rebounds and were out rebounded 52-34 for the game.

Game 7

Warriors 106 Cavs 97
  • The Headline - "Curry and the Warriors Get Their Revenge!"
  • The Good - The Warriors shoot 12-23 from downtown
  • The Bad - Cleveland shoots 10-36 from downtown
  • The Ugly - Cleveland scores just 14 points in the third quarter
A year after blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals, the Golden State Warriors have returned the favor to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their second title in three years.

This game was tied 60-60 at halftime. Golden State's defense took over the third quarter, leading to them outscoring Cleveland 26-14. LeBron and Kyrie attempted their best comeback in the fourth quarter, but were only able to trim the lead to 6 before finally losing 106-97.

Steph Curry was unstoppable scoring 29 points on 9-11 shooting. He was limited to just 30 minutes as he was in serious foul trouble in the first half. He still led all players with four 3-pointers.

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both posted double doubles. Durant finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocked shots. Green scored 10 points, with 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and a block.

LeBron did all he could in this one, playing all but four minutes, scoring 24 points to go along with his 15 rebounds, 6 assists and two blocks. Kyrie led the Cavs with 26 points. Kevin Love was the only other Cav to score in double figures as he had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Steph Curry was named NBA Finals MVP, averaging 28.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.4 assists. He shot 51.5% from the field, 47.6% from downtown, and 89.5% from the foul line.