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NBA Finals game 5: second half gamethread

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It's been a rough-and-tumble first half, with neither team able to jump out to a big lead. Warriors lead 51-50.

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There's been no shortage of action in the game. A sloppy start to the game led to the Warriors jumping out early. The Small Ball Death Squad wasn't shooting particularly well, but they were moving effectively on offense and jumping Cleveland passing lanes all over the place.

Cleveland responded by putting Lebron at center and adding James Jones to the lineup, and they clawed back to take the lead behind the shooting of J.R. Smith. The Warriors wouldn't go away though, and the game was tied at 22 at the end of the first.

The second quarter went back and forth, with both teams holding a lead at different times. A heads up defensive play by Klay forced a Lebron eight-seconds violation, which gave the Warriors possession with 16 seconds. Curry missed a lay-up, but Barnes followed with a vicious dunk on the offensive rebound. He was fouled by James on the play, and hit the free throw.

Warriors lead 51-50 at the half.

The game has been played rough so far, with Smith hitting Green like a receiver coming across the middle in the first, and Dellavadova pulling Green down in the second. Both times, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy said a bunch of stupid shit. It seems to me that the Cavs are targeting Draymond, maybe trying to aggravate his back injury, or trying to get him to lose his composure. The fact is, we'll need Day-Day if we want to win two more games this season.

The refs need to quit allowing violent fouls, or they are going to get somebody (probably Green, Iguodala, or Curry) hurt.