Golden State Warriors 2015 NBA Champions

In a hard-fought six-game series, the Golden State Warriors took down the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For the 1st time ever the 1st two games of the NBA Finals went into overtime.

For the 1st time since the very first Finals in 1947, as the Basketball Association of America, a rookie NBA head coach wins it all (though that was going to be the case no matter which team won).

For the 1st time since 1975 the Warriors can call themselves the NBA Champions.

For the 1st time since 1991 a team won the Finals without any players ever having played in a Finals game.

For the 1st time since 1999 one of the two Finals teams was not named the Spurs, Lakers or Heat nor had players named Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade.

For the 1st time since 2000 a player, Steph Curry, won his 1st NBA MVP and his 1st NBA Finals in the same year.

Curry is the 1st player to ever face and defeat all four members of the All-NBA First team, one in each of the match-ups through the Finals (Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, James Harden, LeBron James).

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six
Bill Russell and Andre Iguodala (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andre Iguodala became the 1st NBA Finals MVP who did not start every game in the series, being inserted as a starter at Game Four. He averaged 16.3 points, 4 assists, 5.8 rebounds and held James to 38% shooting when guarding him.

Some of the games were not the greatest to watch at times but there was spectacle to be had, such as the Cavs being able to initially contain the league MVP Steph Curry or watching LeBron James’ monster output (where he led both teams in total points, rebounds and assists averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists).

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Scramble for the loose ball (AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary)

There were nights of individual great performances from many players, too many to list. Suffice it to say after Game 3 it looked to be anybody’s series. However, in the end, the talent and depth of the Dubs was just too much for the Cavs to overcome, especially with their role players, trying to fill in for injured Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, running sometimes hot but mostly cold throughout the six games.

Game 1 Cavaliers 100 Warriors 108 (OT)
Game 2 Cavaliers 95 Warriors 93 (OT)
Game 3 Warriors 91 Cavaliers 96
Game 4 Warriors 103 Cavaliers 82
Game 5 Cavaliers 91 Warriors 104
Game 6 Warriors 105 Cavaliers 97

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Golden State Warriors Celebrate Finals Trophy (NBA.com)

A very well fought series and well deserved championship for the Warriors. Congratulations!

Over For Now.

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NBA All Star Game 2015 – West 163 East 158

And, yet, another scoring record for the NBA All Star Game held at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden, Sunday, February 14, 2015, with the West outlasting the East 163-158, for a total of 321 points, beating the 2014 outing of 318 points. The teams combined to make 48 3-pointers, obliterating the previous high of 30, a record which was also set last year.

Eventual All Star Game MVP Russell Westbrook had a hot hand (shooting 16-for-28, 5-for-9 beyond the arc) and his 41 points was just one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time All Star game scoring mark of 42, set over five decades ago in 1962. Westbrook (Oklahoma City) joins Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) and Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), who dropped 40 in 1988, as the only players to ever top the 40-mark during the mid-season classic.

Russell Westbrook
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

It should be noted that Chamberlain set his mark in 37 minutes of play, while Westbrook was in the game for only 25 minutes. The OKC guard did set a record for points scored in a half, with his 27 topping the previous high, 24, accomplished by Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets) in 1997 and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) in 2014.

There was another, different, mark achieved Sunday as the Gasol brothers, Pau (Chicago Bulls) and Marc (Memphis Grizzlies), became the first siblings to start in the annual best-of-the-league series. They even faced off for the opening tip, which was won by older brother, Pau, for the East.

LeBron James
Bob Donnan – USA TODAY Sports

Had the East been able to pull out the victory, the game being tied at 148 with four minutes to play, it is likely Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James might have taken the MVP trophy home, scoring 30 points on 11-for-21 shooting, though only 4-for-12 from long distance, while grabbing five boards and adding seven assists.

In a game that is totally driven by offense, with very little defense being played, the West players shot 65-133 (48.9%), with 25-65 (38.5%) from 3-point-land, and the East was 65-130 (50%), but only 23-68 (33.8%) beyond the arc. Other players who put on a show were James Harden (Houston Rockets) with 29 points (firing 11-for-16 overall, 7-12 from 3-point) with eight boards and eight assists, and Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks) with 21 points, all from long-range, where he was 7-for12.

Reserve West guard Chis Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) had a game high 15 assists while Pau Gasol led both squads with 12 rebounds, beating brother Marc, who was second highest with 10.

Over For Now.

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Men’s Basketball Olympic Gold – Team USA

It may not have been the prettiest game.

There was, however, a lot of heart, on both sides.

Spain challenged Team USA with their big men, the Gasol brothers (Pau and Marc) and Serge Ibaka and a great supporting cast.

However, it was not enough, as they lost to the US 107-100.

People did not think it would be this close. However, when you are dealing with NBA All Stars, and similar caliber players, there is a lot of pride in winning. And that pride can drive players to perform incredibly well.

Team USA, led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, with assistance from all areas of the floor, captured their second straight Olympic Gold medal.

When the buzzer sounded, when the clock hit 0.0, Team USA started celebrating. They had not done so after any earlier game, as some teams did, as they knew this was the only game that mattered…the only one worth celebrating.

It was great to see the team acknowledge 76ers coach Doug Collins following their on-court flurry of cheers and laughs.

Another touching moment was seeing Kobe and Pau with a big hug, LA Laker teammates who battled against this summer but will join Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this fall in an NBA title run.

The final game televised interview was with LeBron, Kevin and Kobe, the top three scorers on the team, as well as the top three in the 2011-2012 NBA season.

To all the players on all the teams, very well done. Unfortunately, in Olympic competition there is only one winner – one Gold medal.

For London 2012 that is Team USA. Congratulations.

Coach K is a winner. And he leads winners. A great job by a great coach.

Guards: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, James Harden.
Forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Andre Iguodala, Anthony Davis
Center: Tyson Chandler

Over For Now.

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