NBA Daily Roundup

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Roundup of yesterday's NBA playoff games:

Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added a triple-double and another NBA Finals MVP trophy and the Warriors won their second straight title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships... LeBron James, who said he "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand" after injuring himself in frustration following Game 1, finished with 23 points and spent the final minutes on the bench, contemplating what went wrong and maybe his next move... And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists - more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn't beat the Warriors so he joined them.


Roundup of yesterday's NBA playoff games:

Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Kevin Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years... The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.


Roundup of yesterday's NBA playoff games:

Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals lead
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there's no way it will miss - unwavering even with a defender's hand in his face. Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead... Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against James. Klay Thompson added 20 points playing on a tender left leg to put the defending champions two wins from a repeat title they have talked about since the season began last fall. James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel - and a much more lopsided one - minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior.


Roundup of yesterday's NBA playoff games:

Warriors withstand James' 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage. A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped. Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Warriors capitalized on Smith's mistake that sent the game into overtime, overcoming a 51-point performance by James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 on Thursday night. The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. After replay review, Tristan Thompson received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left. James was in utter disbelief as regulation ended stunningly: George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back toward halfcourt instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavs had a lead

The Akron Beacon Journal reports: Cavs center Tristan Thompson was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected for pushing the ball in Draymond Greenís face with 2.6 seconds left in the extra period.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports: James finished with a career-playoff-high 51 points and tied Michael Jordan (109) for the most 30-point games in NBA postseason history. James shot 19-of-32 from the field, including 3-of-7 beyond the arc, and added 10-of-11 free throws, along with eight rebounds and eight assists.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports: James also became the sixth player in league history to play in eight consecutive NBA Finals, joining Bill Russell and four of his teammates from the 1950s-60s Celtics.

The News Herald reports: George Hill hit his first of two free throws to tie the game with 4.7 seconds to play. He missed the second. J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound and then, to the frustration of all his teammates, tried to run out the clock. Thatís right. When the Cavaliers look back on it, they will remember they lost the series opener because of a brain cramp. Smith thought the Cavaliers had the lead.