"We're in the fight now".
At one point Steph had eight assists and no turnovers, and he ended the game with nine dimes and two turnovers. With just minutes to go before the Warriors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1, tickets were still available for purchase. "I don't give up on any of my [teammates]". "I don't know what was going through J.R.'s head but he made a great rebound". It's a huge play.
"Tonight we played as well as we've played all postseason, and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession", James said.
It's never been done, ever in the history of the game.
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So it came as little surprise that Golden State erased that deficit and took a 76-69 lead into the fourth quarter. Obviously, he's a big part of why we're here, but we had opportunities, especially in that first half both games.
Referee Ken Mauer said of the call reversal, "The reason for the trigger is that we had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area". He appeared to make a clean strip on Keven Durant that was called a foul and then he was visibly upset when he didn't get a call on a drive on the other end.
The Cavs had an inconsistent regular season, but managed to hit their stride in the post-season.
After the game, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smith " thought we were up [by] one [point]" but the Cavs' forward had a different version.
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We're a confident group. "I think we both blocked that whole year out of our memory", the two-time MVP quipped. Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4 .
"I knew I had my man beat and he came over late".
Perhaps the most important moment near the end of regulation came when the officials reviewed and ultimately reversed what had been called a charge on the court. With the game tied 107-107, teammate George Hill missed a clutch free throw and JR got the rebound. The clock expired and the game went into overtime. Coach Steve Kerr admitted they "got lucky" on Smith's goof-up and "got a break" from the refs. However, rather than put a shot attempt up, he franticly dribbled out of the paint.
Asked if the loss was one of the most disappointing of his career in Finals games, James said it probably was. Trying to get enough space to get it out and maybe get a shot off, but then.
Smith himself claimed he knew the game was tied, and a lot of people did not buy it, pointing out that he seems to mouth to James, "I thought we were ahead". "And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that's going to be our ball. He already had four blocks so I wasn't about to be the fifth", he added.
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A recent report by the National Education Association ranks North Carolina 37th for teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending . Simmons said that if she gets the chance to speak to state legislators today, she'll tell them how hard teachers work.
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