Warriors one win away from NBA title

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry proved to be too hot to handle throughout the game and showed why he deserves to be the reigning NBA MVP as he scored 37 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists and recorded two steals. 

The Warriors have launched a stunning comeback to go from 2-1 down to clinching a 3-2 lead in the series, a run that has come in spite of the best efforts of Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. Even in a losing cause James was a joy to watch as he registered yet another triple-double, scoring 40 points to go along with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal. 

Rather surprisingly, it was not the James and Curry show throughout the game as the first half of the first quarter saw Cavaliers guard JR Smith battling with Warriors forward Draymond Green in a good old-fashioned shootout. 

It was only towards the end of the first quarter that James and Curry began to heat up and knock down their shots. This led to the game and atmosphere spicing up, with the scores tied at 22-22 at the end of the first quarter. 

However, the Cavaliers built a seven-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the second quarter as James and Smith continued to light up the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

But, Curry answered back with two quick three-pointers before he got some much-needed help from Leandro Barbosa, who reeled off seven points in no time at all. 

With Curry and Barbosa knocking down shot after shot and nailing their free throws as well, the Warriors went into half-time with a 51-50 lead. 

The third quarter began in entertaining fashion as both teams matched each other blow for blow before the Warriors started to gain the upper hand as the supporting members of the team scored valuable points, while the Cavaliers went through a cold shooting spell. 

But, as usual, the Cavaliers wouldn't go down without a fight and James tied the game up at 77-77 when he made a jump shot with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

Curry and Klay Thompson restored the Warriors' lead before James sliced it down once again. This trend went on until Andre Iguodala put the Warriors up by five with four minutes and 13 seconds remaining. 

From that point, Curry took over by sinking long range bombs or carving his way through the Cavaliers' defense and making jump shots or lay-ups. He made up for his missed opportunities at the charity stripe earlier in the game by nailing a majority of his free throws when it mattered most.

Despite James' valiant efforts towards the end of the game, it was too little too late as the Cavaliers could do nothing but watch as the Warriors clinched the game and took one step closer to getting their hands on the coveted NBA trophy. 

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