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NBA Finals 2017 Game 5: Score, Stats & Live Updates

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The NBA Finals continue tonight with game four from Oracle Arena at 9 pm on ABC. The Warriors dominated the first two games of the series and took a commanding 3-0 lead with a close victory in game three. The Cavs were able to stay alive by shooting the lights out in game four. As the series moves back to Oakland, the Warriors will try to finish up the series on their home floor. The Cavs came back from 3-1 down last year and hope to take another step on their journey in this comeback. This is a game you do not want to miss.

Pregame

Game four featured a lights-out shooting performance, officiating controversies, Draymond Green antics and plenty of other crazy moments. The Cavs were able to come away with the win and will need to play even better if they want to continue the series. Yes, the Cavs will need to do even better than %53 percent shooting and a record 24 makes from three-point range. While they may not need to make more threes and certainly do not need to take more threes, they need to continue the offensive execution that got them good shots in game four. In the 86 point first half, the Cavs were moving the ball and not relying only on isolation scoring. In the second half, as they cooled off a bit, they got some help from the bench and relied on their stars to carry them through.

Most importantly, the Cavs were able to step up defensively. They held Klay Thompson and Steph Curry to a combined 8-24 from the field. If they Cavs are going to have any luck in game five, they need to turn the Warriors into a one-star offensive team instead of a three-star offensive team (no offense Draymond, you help in other parts of the game). For the Warriors, the solution to game four’s blowout might be as simple as just hoping the Cavs miss more shots. The Warriors had more offensive rebounds than the Cavs, and they continue to neutralize Tristan Thompson. If they get a little more offense around Durant, the series could end tonight in Oakland.


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