The Golden State Warriors return home on Monday as they desperately try to close out the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals Game 5 — a game that will live stream with the Cavaliers now down in the series three games to one, the exact position they found themselves in last year when they mounted the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to win the first NBA Championship in Cleveland history.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 5, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Monday, June 12 — 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Warriors had the chance to complete a historic 16-0 romp through the four rounds of the playoffs by sweeping Cleveland if they had been able to win at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday. But a combined 94 points from the Cavaliers' "Big Three" of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving — including a game-high 40 from Irving, plus 31 from James and 23 from Love — propelled Cleveland to a comfortable 137-116 victory and new life in the NBA Finals series.
The Cavaliers shocked the Warriors, who are vying to become recognized as the greatest team of all time, right out of the gate in Game 4 with a record-setting 49-point first quarter. That's the highest first-quarter, or any quarter, total by a team in NBA Finals history, breaking the record of 47 points previously held by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of the 1984 NBA Finals Game Three against the Boston Celtics.
Watch a preview of what could be the decisive NBA Finals Game 5 with the NBA TV panel, in the video below.
Expectedly, Las Vegas favors the Warriors to wrap up their second title in three years on Monday, making Golden State an 8.5 point favorite over Cleveland in Game 5 — with odds of -360 to win by any score, according to the online Vegas oddsmaker, Odds Shark. In other words, bettors would have to put down $360 to win $100 by wagering on Golden State to win.
Can the Golden State Warriors avoid a repeat of last year's NBA Finals, when they blew a 3-1 lead to LeBron James and Cleveland? Or will the Cavaliers start an even more dramatic comeback to win their second straight NBA Championship by taking Game 5 and puling the series to within 3-2, putting intense pressure on Golden State not to collapse again?
To find out, watch the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals series Game 5 live stream online from the 19,500-seat Quicken Loans Arena in Oakland, California, with streaming video provided by ESPN3, the online-only network of ESPN, which is available at this link. You can also download the WatchESPN app to watch what could be the last game of the 2017 NBA Finals — or the second game in an incredible four-game Cleveland comeback — on mobile devices. WatchESPN is also available on set-top streaming devices such as Roku, Apply TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
ESPN3 will carry the Warriors vs. Cavaliers elimination game live, and the online-only channel is free to subscribers of most major internet service providers and many minor ISPs as well. For a full list, check this link.
Fans who are still unable to access ESPN3 can also access the NBA playoff game using the Sling TV basic internet TV package, which offers the ESPN3 streaming service, including the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals Game Five, and comes with a seven-day free trial. To sign up, visit this link.
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