Warriors move within one win of NBA title

Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:15am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors won the battle of small-ball and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday to move within a win of their first NBA title in 40 years.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points and the Warriors withstood a 40-point triple-double from LeBron James to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

With the Golden State fan base starving for a title, the Oracle Arena crowd chanted "one more to go" following the win. The Warriors can clinch their first championship since 1975 with a win in Game Six on Tuesday in Cleveland.

Their Game Five win was a battle of speed, with both teams benching their big men as a strategic move.

"It was a chess match and we both have a bunch of wings and guards that can fill a lineup," Curry told reporters after connecting on seven three-pointers.

"They made an adjustment and tried to match our lineup. I'm sure there will be another adjustment."

After the Warriors benched center Andrew Bogut to return to their run-and-gun style in a 21-point Game Four victory, Cleveland responded by limiting starting center Timofey Mozgov to just nine minutes on Sunday.

The move kept Cleveland close deep into the fourth quarter until Andre Iguodala scored five straight points to put Golden State ahead 91-84 with less than four minutes remaining.

Curry, who scored 17 points in the fourth, added two late   Continued...

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) dunks the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mike Miller (18) and center Timofey Mozgov (20) in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Jun 14, 2015. Ezra Shaw-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports