The Golden State Warriors were hoping June 16, 2016 would be identical to June 16, 2015 – a Game 6 victory in Cleveland to clinch an NBA Championship. With Draymond Green returning to the lineup, the Warriors were at full strength and well rested to clinch the series in Cleveland yet again. Unfortunately for the Dubs and their faithful fans cheering in Oracle, LeBron and the feisty Cavs wanted to play one more game this season.
Cleveland came out in attack mode, holding the Warriors to their lowest scoring quarter of the season while firing from the outside en route to a 31-11 first quarter. The closest Golden State ever got was within seven, but Cleveland led wire-to-wire for a 115-101 victory.
With the series now tied at 3, the Warriors are inexplicably in danger of matching their postseason defeats (8) with regular season losses (9).
The biggest story of the game came late in the fourth quarter, when Steph Curry picked up a controversial 6th foul on LeBron James. It was the first time Curry had fouled out since 2013, and led to Curry’s first ejection of his career when he threw his mouthpiece in frustration, accidentally hitting a Cavaliers fan.
The contact on the play was minimal, and coach Steve Kerr let the officials know how he felt about the calls made against his unanimous MVP in the Warriors’ post-game presser:
The Warriors weren’t able to recreate the June 16 magic, but with Game 7 looming, they still have a chance to etch their names in history. And this time, it’ll be in front of a raucous Oracle crowd.