2016 NBA Finals All Games Recap and Analysis

2016 NBA Finals All Games Recap and Analysis

The NBA has a new champion and after seven games the Cleveland Cavaliers achieved history by crowning themselves with the title after being down three games to one. Read on for the summary of this year’s finals.

Game 1:

Behind the leadership of Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors took the court in game 1 with the clear mission of doing what they do best, win as a team.

Although it was a rough night for Curry and Thompson, aka. The Splash Brothers, who only put up a combined 20 points, the Warriors’ bench stepped up to get the job done.

Shaun Livingston scored 20 points, while Draymond Green added 16 additional points along with 11 rebounds. Andre Iguodala added 12, while Leandro Barbosa contributed with 11.

All in all the Dubs’ bench scored 45 points and helped the Warriors go up by double-digits for most of the game.

Meanwhile, though King James ended just one assist shy of a triple-double with 23 points, 12 boards and nine dimes, it still wasn’t enough to take the loss. James dominated in the post but the Warriors bench was the key to net them the victory. Kevin Love had another double-double while Kyrie Irving led in scoring with 26 points.

Defense was also key for the Warriors’ win and they managed to limit James in the second half slowing the pace of the game, though at some points the Cavs’ big three managed to cut down the Golden State’s lead to 14 in the last period of the game.

Game 2:

The Warriors’ bench had much to do with winning the first game of the Finals. In game 2 it was Draymond Green and Klay Thompson who took it upon themselves to get the job done and take the 2-0 lead with a 110-77 victory. Green finished with 28 points seven rebounds, five assists and 5 three-pointers, while Thompson put up 17 points and 4 of 8 from downtown.

Meanwhile, it was a quiet night for Curry, who was in foul trouble for most of the game and only finished with 18 points and nine boards to his name. The Warrior’s Big Three sealed the game in the second half with Curry watching on the bench.

As for the Cavaliers, James led with 19 points, nine assists, and eight boards. However, James also turned the ball over seven times. Kyrie Irving struggled with 10 points, while Kevin Love had 5 points on 2 of 7 shooting, he also left the game in the second half with a concussion.

Game 3:

After losing the first two games, the Cavaliers had something to prove to themselves and fans alike. And, whatever they did, it worked because game 3 was the turning point for the series. In the end, the Cavaliers went on to win this game 120-90 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Kyrie Irving led with 30 points and eight assists on 12-of-25 shooting. LeBron James had 32 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on 14-of-26 shooting, while J.R. Smith added 20 points on 5-of-10 shooting from three-point land. Meanwhile, Tristan Thompson finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass.

On the Warriors’ side, the league’s MVP Stephen Curry went back to his Game 1 struggles, finishing with just 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, making only three of his nine three-pointers and committing six turnovers and four fouls.

Harrison Barnes was the Warrior’s best player in Game 3, putting up 18 points and eight rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting, while Klay Thompson had 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting along with Andre Iguodala’s 11 points.

The Cavs outshot the Warriors, going 12-for-25 from deep to the Warriors’ 9-of-33 shooting. They also out-rebounded Golden State by a 52-32 margin, forcing 18 turnovers and overcoming Kevin Love’s absence to earn the Game 3 victory.

Game 4:

The Splash Brothers came to life in game 4, to net the Warriors the 3-1 lead in the series. Behind 63 points and 11 three-pointers from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, including a record 17 three-pointers for the team, the Warriors scratched off a 108-97 victory on Friday night.

Curry overcame his regular season scoring average with 38 points, on 11-for-25 from the field and 7-for-13 from three-point range. Meanwhile, Thompson also surpassed the 20-point threshold for the first time in the series with 25 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Though only putting up nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, Draymond Green made a huge difference on the defensive end, finishing with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in addition to holding LeBron James in check.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting, while LeBron James added in a 25-13-9-3-2 stat line (with seven turnovers) and Kevin Love put up 11 points off the bench. The Cavs only shot 6-of-25 from deep while Golden State made 17 of their 36 triples.

In the second quarter, Cleveland began to catch up and brought the game close. Despite the Warriors shooting 8-for-15 from three-point range in the first half, Cleveland’s rim protectors held the Warriors to 8-of-22 shooting on two-pointers.

The Warriors defense was the turning point in the fourth quarter as it limited a Cleveland team that looked sluggish. Golden State crashed the offensive glass, extending possessions and stuffing Kyrie and LeBron on the other end. The Cavs had to settle for the close distance jumpers.

Facing elimination and losing a second straight championship to the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers headed back to Oracle Arena for a do-or-die Game 5.

Game 5:

Facing a nasty end of the their season on the road at Oracle Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers got back on their horse rode into a 112-97 victory, shooing off elimination and sending the series back to Cleveland.

James ended with 41 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and three steals on 16-of-30 shooting, while Kyrie Irving added another 41 points and six assists on 17-of-24 shooting. All in all, these two had a combined for 82 points and 9-of-15 shooting from three-point range.

Though the Cavs only managed 30 points from the bench, it was enough to overcome Klay Thompson’s 37 points and 25 points from Stephen Curry, forcing a Game 6 back in Cleveland.

Draymond Green’s absence was felt in Golden State’s defensive efforts. The Warriors couldn’t slow down Cleveland and Kyrie Irving put the game away with a personal 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter.

Even in the face of difficult circumstance, playing against an irked team and a hostile crowd, the Cavaliers weren’t gonna go down without a fight. LeBron James rallied the troops when the game was slipping away, knocking down his first two from downtown en route to 12 first quarter points on 4-of-7 shooting.

Later on in the game, Andrew Bogut had to leave because of a knee injury and the Cavs built an eight-point lead — their largest advantage of the night to that point. Six straight points from Klay Thompson brought the Warriors back to within three, but LeBron and Kyrie would not be denied. King James continued his assault inside the lanes with no Green to contest shots at the rim, the Cavs had their way on offense.

The Cavs extended the lead to as many as 11 points and were up by nine heading into the fourth quarter behind LeBron’s 36-12-6-3-2 stat line leading the way. The Dubs cut the lead down to six, but Kyrie Irving once again scored seven unanswered points to give the Cavs a 13-point lead with 4:41 to play that proved to be insurmountable. Cavs win.

Game 6:

After a 41-point performance in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, King James needed yet another inhuman night to not face elimination and force a Game 7 against a 73-win Golden State Warriors team. In what turned out to be a the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ monumental 115-101 victory, King James supplied it and then some.

Ending with another game-high 41 points, along with 11 assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks, James was great for his second straight Finals game and singlehandedly buried every Warriors comeback attempts.

Despite Curry finishing with 30 points on 6-of-13 shooting from three-point range, the league MVP fouled out and the bench failed to step up on the road losing for the second time in the entire 2015-16 campaign. Klay Thompson added 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting, while Barbosa had double figures with 14 points. Draymond Green finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Kyrie Irving added 23 for the Cavs while Tristan Thompson put up 15 points and 16 boards.

Curry picked up his second foul heading into the second quarter and  Cleveland opened up a 31-11 advantage going on an 18-6 run since the league MVP went to the bench with foul trouble halfway through the period. Afterward, Curry picked up his third foul and Kerr wisely left him in the game. Unfortunately, Cleveland then responded with an 8-0 run of their own to extend the lead back to 16.

The Splash Brothers chopped the lead back down to nine heading into the final frame, closing down the third period on a 10-0 run over the final 2:14, with Thompson putting up the last eight on two three-pointers and a driving layup that cut the lead to single digits (with Curry on the bench nonetheless).

Trailing by 11, the Dubs were hobbled when Curry stripped the ball from Kyrie Irving and was called for his fifth personal foul. Then the league MVP responded with a pull-up three to cut the lead back down to eight. However, then James put up 10 through the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and the Cavs extended the lead back to 11. LeBron finally sealed the deal with a monster block right before Curry was called for his sixth foul.

Game 7:

Nobody would argue that this was one of the best games in recent NBA history. Seeking to become the first team in NBA Finals history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the title, the Cleveland Cavaliers followed LeBron James to the first championship in franchise history with a 93-89 victory in the decisive Game 7 on the road.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors could do nothing but watch LeBron James take control down the stretch with clutch plays on both ends of the floor to hand them a sour defeat on their home court. Finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and two steals on 9-of-24 shooting, James took it upon himself to get the job done in the fourth quarter and keep Cleveland’s tie before Kyrie Irving drilled a three with 53 seconds remaining to put the Cavs ahead for good.

Irving finished with 26 points and six rebounds, while J.R. Smith added 12 and Kevin Love did his job on the glass, finishing with nine points and 14 boards.

Meanwhile, Draymond Green put up 32 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and two steals on 11-of-15 shooting for the Dubs, but he couldn’t make up for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for only 31 points on 12-of-36 shooting from the field and 6-of-24 shooting from downtown.

With Curry got his rest early in the second quarter and the game became and all out battle between Green and LeBron James. James racked up an 8-6-4 stat line in the first 15 minutes of action to go on a triple-double watch, while Green buried another triple to put the Warriors up by two.

The Warriors led 49-42 at the break behind a 10-of-21 effort in shooting from three-point range compared to Cleveland’s 1-of-14. Draymond Green led all scorers with 28 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from downtown, in addition to six boards and five assists.

It was tit for tat through the third period, with both teams keeping it close. In the last period, Curry picked up his fourth foul with the game tied at 89 with 2:50 to play. Iguodala then broke away in transition and it looked like easy pickings for the Warriors to break the tie. Instead, LeBron made the defensive play of the game with an unreal block to keep the score knotted at 89-89.

Kyrie Irving then hit a huge three-pointer over Curry to give the Cavs a three-point lead with 53 seconds left. Love had a huge defensive effort on Curry on the ensuing possession, forcing him into a missed shot. Then the Cavs found LeBron cutting to the lane for an open dunk, which was battled at the rim by Draymond Green. This took James to the floor and found him clutching at his wrist. After missing the first free throw, it seemed like the Warriors still had a shot, but in the most fitting fashion possible, James stuck the final nail in the coffin by making the second, extending the lead to four points with 10.6 seconds left. LeBron then knocked down the final basket of the game and crowned himself with the first Cavs victory of the 2016 NBA title.

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