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In a very chippy Game 6 between the Warriors and Cavs, Curry and the Warriors prevailed with a score of 105-97. LeBron’s heroic efforts of 32 points, 9 assists, and 18 rebounds were not enough as the Warriors had better team basketball and communication. Poor calls on both sides made players chippy and angry, providing a medium for carelessness. Players like Timofey Mozgov stood up, making some jaw breaking blocks, protecting the basket and his teammates.
In my opinion, the referees were on Cleveland’s side, giving Lebron and his teammates the benefit of the doubt. A combination of this type of reffing and generally poor basketball by the Warriors in the second quarter allowed the Cavs to stay contenders at the half, 45-43. To be fair, the refs also gave the Cavs some questionable calls, the most outrageous being one where Andre Iguodala seemingly fouled when hit on a pick and roll.
Aside from the NBA wishing for a Game 7, it was a great game with many highlights. LeBron made his 5,000th career playoff point, making him just the 6th player to do so. In the late 4th quarter JR Smith had some spectacular 3 pointers, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. Golden State managed to have better basketball overall, with a great team meshing together and prevailing in an exciting Game 6.
This has been one of the most exciting Finals in the last few years, and huge congratulations go out to the MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors for winning the championship, something the team has not accomplished in 40 years. Lebron James has put up amazing numbers, putting the team on his back. But, basketball is a team sport, and the Larry O’Brian trophy goes to the best team. Basketball Season comes to an end as the Warriors hoist the trophy, and nothing could have been more exciting. And a huge congratulations to the Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala.