How the Warriors beat the Cavaliers
The NBA’s reigning champions have won their seventh consecutive game in Cleveland, beating the Cavaliers 122-116 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Here’s a look at the highlights from Game 7, which was also the Warriors’ first win in Cleveland since 2014:1:02:39The Warriors had just two field goals, including a 3-pointer from Tristan Thompson in the final seconds.
Kyrie Irving hit a jumper with 4.8 seconds left, and Cleveland’s Andre Drummond knocked down a 3 from the left corner to cut the lead to 2 with 6.4 seconds remaining.
Kyrie hit a 3 in the last minute to seal the win.
He also made a driving layup with 1.9 seconds left to cut Cleveland’s lead to 107-104.2:19Golden State was up three with 6:37 left in the first quarter, when Andrew Bogut hit a driving dunk over James Harden for a 102-98 lead with 11:45 remaining.
Cleveland then closed the quarter on a 14-2 run to take a 72-64 lead with 1:36 remaining.
Curry scored 11 points to lead the Warriors to a 95-78 lead with 2:11 remaining.4:22The Cavs got the ball back after a missed three-pointer by Durant with 5.7 seconds left.
Irving was fouled on a steal attempt, and the ball went out of bounds with 8 seconds left and Cleveland down 92-82.
The Warriors scored the next five points to pull to 94-92.
Cleveland closed the half on a 16-2 spurt to push the lead back to 93-86.
Curry had six points and eight rebounds.5:08The Warriors led by as many as 19 points with 2.5 seconds left in regulation.
James Harden had a dunk, and he made a 3 to cut it to 92-86 with 6 seconds left for a 95.0-88 lead.
Cleveland had four free throws to get within three points.
The Warriors went up by four with 2 seconds left on a dunk by James Harden, and they got a field goal from Tristen Thompson.
The Cavaliers had five free throws for a 91-91 lead.
Cavaliers coach David Blatt went after Curry for his lack of effort, saying he was not ready for the pressure and that he could have made a more complete play in the second half.
He then told the media that Curry should not have fouled James Harden on the play.
The Cavaliers were able to close out the second quarter on an 11-2 surge to take an 81-76 lead.
Irving had a jumper to tie it at 79 with 1 1/2 minutes left, but the Warriors hit two free throws with 1 2/3 seconds left as the clock expired.
James Harden made a layup to give Cleveland a 81-80 lead, but James took a foul and was called for a technical foul on the ensuing possession.
Curry missed the layup.
Curry hit two three-pointers for Cleveland with 4:11 left, to cut its lead to 81-78.
James hit a three-point shot for Cleveland to cut to 83-78 with 3:45 left, then hit a long jumper with 1 minute to go to make it a one-point game.
Curry made a two-point play to tie the game.
Celtics guard Dion Waiters made two free throw attempts to cut their lead to 80-74 with 3 minutes to go.
Waiters missed the free throw with 1 second left.
The Cavs hit two more free throws in the waning seconds to cut down the lead.
James and Curry scored eight points apiece in the third quarter.
James made a three to make the score 87-79 with 12:14 left, which put the Cavs up 82-79.
James hit a dunk to give the Warriors a 96-79 lead.
Curry knocked down two free kicks for the Cavs with 1½ minutes left.
The Cavs scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to push their lead up to 100-82, but Cleveland went on a 9-1 run to pull away.
James made a jumper for Cleveland, and Irving hit two threes to give them a 94-83 lead.
The Cleveland score was 96-92 with 8:37 remaining.
The game remained tied at 100-99 with 4 minutes to play.
Irving hit another 3 with 1,921 seconds left when Cleveland led by seven.
The last time the Cavaliers led by that many points was in the 2004 Finals against Miami.
Cavs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a 3 with less than two minutes to get the Cavs within one with 3 1/4 minutes left in overtime.
James and Curry each hit a pair of 3-pointers to make Cleveland go up 97-91 with 6 minutes left on the shot clock.
James scored eight of his final nine points in overtime to help the Cavaliers pull away for the win, which is the first playoff victory for James