Top 5 Plays of the 2017 NBA Finals
The star-filled NBA Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers may have ended quickly, but there was certainly no shortage of huge plays. Let’s take a look at the best of the best from this finals rubber match.
5. Durant and Curry Back-to-Back 3s to Seal the Game (Game 2)
While the Warriors were up 16 at home with less than seven minutes remaining in game two, the team certainly wasn’t breathing easy with LeBron James on the floor for the Cavaliers. That is, until Kevin Durant buried a three and, on the ensuing possession, Steph drained one from the left hash mark to put Golden State up by 22. LeBron wasn’t on the floor much longer after that.
4. Kyrie Irving’s Circus Shot 4 Point Play (Game 1)
Coming off a dribble handoff, Kyrie Irving drew a lot of contact from Klay Thompson. Taking advantage of his position, Uncle Drew took the contact as he double-clutched a shot from behind the arc and nailed it, resulting in a phenomenal four-point play.
3. LeBron’s Alley-Oop to LeBron (Game 4)
In what would become Cleveland’s only win in this year’s Finals, LeBron James was magnificent from both a scoring and passing standpoint. He was so good, in fact, that at one point he took it upon himself to throw a pass to off the backboard… to himself, resulting in a rim-rocking slam that kept the momentum rolling for the Cavaliers.
2. Curry Shakes-n’-Bakes LeBron (Game 2)
Up eight early in the third quarter, Steph Curry caught a pass beyond the arc with James guarding. Curry made a bunch of nifty moves, dribbling deep toward the basket, back out to the three-point line, and eventually back into the lane for the layup. Curry simply wore the King out with his ball-handling skills.
1. Kevin Durant’s Late Three Pointer to Take the Lead (Game 3)
With under a minute left in the game and the Cavs up by three, Kevin Durant pulled down a rebound off a Kyle Korver miss and took it upon himself to regain the lead. Durant pulled up from deep with LeBron James’ hand in his face and drained a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. While the Cavs went on to win game four, this clutch play all but sealed the championship for Golden State.