NBA: Blatt, Cavaliers on the brink after falling to Warriors in Game 5

Stephen Curry scored 37 points and the Warriors withstood a 40-point triple-double from LeBron James to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
June 15, 2015 07:14
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates his team's victory in Game 5 against Cleveland

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates his team's victory in Game 5 against Cleveland. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Israeli-American coach David Blatt's dream of winning an NBA championship may have to wait.

The Golden State Warriors won the battle of small-ball and defeated Blatt's Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday to move within a win of their first NBA title in 40 years.

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Stephen Curry scored 37 points and the Warriors withstood a 40-point triple-double from LeBron James to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

They can clinch their first championship since 1975 with a win in Game Six on Tuesday in Cleveland.Stephen Curry Dazzles with 37 in Game 5 Victory

Their Game Five win was a battle of speed, with both teams benching their big men as a strategic move.

After the Warriors benched center Andrew Bogut to return to their run-and-gun style in a 21-point Game Four victory, Cleveland responded by limiting starting center Timofey Mozgov to just nine minutes on Sunday.

The move kept Cleveland close deep into the fourth quarter until Andre Iguodala scored five straight points to put Golden State ahead 91-84 with less than four minutes remaining.



Curry, who scored 17 points in the fourth, added two late three-pointers and free throws to help seal the win.

Iguodala finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. James tallied 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double of the series.

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