Take Heart, Warriors: Game 7s Are Almost Always Won by Home Team
Some notable facts and figures from the Warriors-Cavaliers series, courtesy of the NBA:
This will be the 19th Game 7 in NBA Finals history. Home teams are 15-3.
The last road team to win a Game 7 was Washington over Seattle in 1978. The others are Boston over Milwaukee in 1974 and Boston over Los Angeles in 1969.
Cleveland is just the third team to force a Game 7 after trailing a series 3-1 or 3-0. The 1951 New York Knicks trailed 3-0 before losing to the Rochester Royals in Game 7. The 1966 Los Angeles Lakers trailed 3-1 before losing to the Boston Celtics.
With 41 points in Games 5 and 6, James joined Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Barry as players to record consecutive 40-point games in the NBA Finals. Jordan once did it four consecutive times for the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 Finals vs. Phoenix (42-44-55-41).
It’s just the second time in James’s career that he has recorded back-to-back 40+ scoring games in the postseason. He also did it against the Orlando Magic in Games 3-4 of 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.
Curry Heats Up
In scoring 30 points in Game 6, Warriors guard Stephen Curry was 6 of 13 from 3-point range. His 28 3-pointers for the series break the Finals record previously held by San Antonio’s Danny Green against the Miami Heat in 2013 (seven-game series).
Earlier in the postseason, Curry set a playoff series record by hitting 32 3-pointers in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Cleveland center Tristan Thompson has recorded double-figure rebounds in 10 of his 12 career Finals games against the Warriors, with 12.2 rebounds per game during that span, including seven double-doubles.
Thompson’s 16 rebounds in Game 6 were the most he’s ever had in the Finals and one shy of career his career high (17 at Chicago, May 14, 2015; Game 6 of East Semis).
Social Media Buzz
LeBron James’ big night and Stephen Curry’s ejection from questionable calls set social media ablaze during Game 6. According to Twitter, combined mentions of the Warriors and Cavaliers on Thursday jumped by 1.1 million from the previous game.
There were 3 million global tweets for Game 5, according to Twitter. There were 4.1 million for Game 6.
Most 3-Pointers in a Single Playoff Year 291 — Warriors (2016)
252 — Cavaliers (2016)
240 — Warriors (2015)