Cleveland’s LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put on a show, each scoring 41 points in the Cavaliers’ 112-97 win over Golden State. The Warriors were without Draymond Green, serving a one-game suspension after he was assessed his fourth flagrant foul point of the postseason following Game 4.
Seth Curry was at Oracle Arena supporting his brother, two-time league MVP and Warriors guard Steph, in more ways than one. Seth was courtside before Game 5 of the NBA Finals watching warmups and wearing a pair of Steph’s newest shoes, which were released last week by Under Armour.
The defending champion Warriors were angry and playing at home with a deep roster – and a suspended Draymond Green watching from the Coliseum next door. But Kyrie Irving and LeBron James became the first two players in NBA history to each score 41 points in a championship-series game. The series will resume Thursday in Cleveland.
Warriors fans hoped to see the first championship clinched by a Bay Area sports team in its home building in more than 40 years. Instead, the Warriors’ 112-97 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 sent these NBA Finals back to Cleveland and extended that strange regional drought at least a little longer.
Former Bee sportswriter Ben Bodding recalls the day in 1972 when three area high school players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. The internet was decades away, as were 24-hour cable sports channels. So how did players find out the news then?
Khris Davis homered and had five RBIs, and Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each had three hits as the A’s pounded American League West leader Texas 14-5, just hours after the Rangers put pitcher Yu Darvish on the disabled list.
Brandon Crawford has three RBIs and Albert Suarez pitches 3 2/3 solid innings of relief as the Giants open a three-game home series against Milwaukee with an 11-5 win.
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