Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both posted triple-doubles on power the Golden State Warriors to a 119-117 overtime triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday and into a fifth straight NBA Finals.
The two-time protecting NBA champions cleared the Blazers in four games in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
The main other team to achieve five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics when they went to a record 10 out of a row from 1957 to 1966.
“I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated — five straight finals hasn’t been done since the 60s,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “It hasn’t been done for a reason, it’s really, really difficult and so I just can’t say enough about the competitive desire of the group of guys that we have here.”
The Warriors will battle for the title beginning on 30 May against either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors, meaning to turn into the main team since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000, 2001 and 2002 to three-peat as champions.
Curry and Green turned into the first teammates allied history to have triple-pairs in a similar post-season game, as indicated by the Elias Sports Bureau.
Curry finished with 37, 13 bounce back and 11 assists, while Green had his second in a row triple-double — posting double digits in three key factual classifications — with 18, 14 bounce back and 11 assists.
Fittingly, Curry and Green joined on the game-winning basket in extra time, Curry encouraging Green for a three-pointer that drove Golden State to a 119-115 lead with 39.6 seconds left in additional time.
“Obviously in that situation we want Steph to have the ball, we want Steph or Klay (Thompson) to take the shot,” Green said.
“But they were swarming them. So I was just talking to them ‘Watch out, watch out.’
“When he passed me the ball, I just let it go. When I shot it, it felt good.”
The Trail Blazers had driven 69-65 at halftime and constructed the lead to 17 in the second from last quarter — the third straight game where Portland driven by upwards of 17 just to miss the mark.
With veteran Andre Iguodala having joined hotshot Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins on the injured list, the Warriors created an all out collaboration to rally once more.
Thompson scored 17 while save Kevon Looney included 12 and 14 bounce back and Alfonzo McKinnie contributed 12 points.
“Being without Kevin these last five games has put us in a really tough spot and our guys stepped up in a big way,” Kerr said. “The group has fibre to them — when (these) guys go down they find a way to come together and compete and win.”
Warriors ‘discover a way’
The Warriors scored the last nine points of the third period to close inside 95-87 and tied the score at 104-104 on Curry’s layup with 4:34 left in guideline.
“We know we can cover 17 points in a matter of three or four minutes,” Green said. “So we always try to keep that mindset — that we’re never out of the game.”
Both teams got an opportunity to win in regulation, however Curry went before depleting a three-pointer that didn’t tally and Dame Lillard was unfit to traverse in traffic as time expired with the score tied 111-111.
Portland star Lillard, playing with excruciating isolated ribs, completed with 28 while unheralded Meyers Leonard drove the Trail Blazers with a vocation high 30 and 12 bounce back.
CJ McCollum included 26 for the Trail Blazers, yet it wasn’t sufficient for a team that had fended off elimination twice in their second-round series against the Denver Nuggets.
“We couldn’t get over the hump,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I think it was a demonstration of how good they are and how good they have been over the years — they find a way to win.”
LB Jerome Baker agree to three-year, $39 million contract extension with Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with linebacker Jerome Baker on a three-year contract extension worth $39 million, including $28.4 million guaranteed, his representative, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Dolphins later reported the extension however didn’t disclose financial terms.
Baker is one of the Dolphins’ defensive leaders and welcomes energy on and off the field. He represents considerable authority in pass coverage, and assisted the Dolphins with developing the most noticeably awful scoring defense (30.9 points per game allowed) in 2019 to the fifth-ranked scoring defense (21.1) in 2020.
A 2018 third-round pick, Baker was moving toward the last year of his rookie deal. He was gotten some information about his pending free agency and where he saw Miami in the image. It was a foretelling of this deal.
“I want to play here for the rest of my career. I love it here. I love the fans. I love the organization. I love everybody here,” Baker said. “Yeah, I definitely see myself playing here for a long time.”
Bread cook, 24, gets his desire, as he’s presently scheduled to remain in Miami for the following four seasons.
Presently eyes go to another of the Dolphins’ 2018 draft picks and 2022 pending free agent tight end Mike Gesicki for an potential extension.
Baker had a career-high seven sacks and seven tackles for loss last season in a new hybrid linebacker role. He also eclipsed 100 tackles (112) for the second consecutive season and still can’t seem to miss a game in his NFL career.
French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal to reach final match
Sprinting, sliding and stretching, anticipating each other’s moves for four sets and over four hours, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal produced a masterpiece in the French Open semifinals.
Djokovic halted Nadal’s offered for a fourteenth French Open title and gave the King of Clay simply his third loss in 108 matches at the tournament by returning to win a thrill ride of an semifinal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at Roland Garros on Friday night.
In one more display of tremendous tennis between the rivals, the match lasted on for 4 hours, 11 minutes. In the wake of trailing 0-2 in the fourth set, Djokovic rattled off six consecutive games to avenge his loss to Nadal in last year’s final.
“Just one of these nights and matches that you will remember forever,” said the top-cultivated Djokovic, who arrived at his 6th last at the clay-court major tournament to tie Bjorn Borg for No. 2 in the occasion behind Nadal (13).
“Definitely the best match that I was part of ever in Roland Garros, for me, and (one of the) top three matches that I ever played in my entire career — considering quality of tennis, playing my biggest rival on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15-plus years. And the atmosphere, which was completely electric.”
The 34-year-old Djokovic will look for his second prize at Roland Garros and a nineteenth significant title generally speaking when he plays in Sunday’s last against fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is only 22.
It will be the 29th career Grand Slam last for Djokovic, and the first for Tsitsipas, who beat Alexander Zverev in five sets in an semifinal match prior Friday.
Nadal had won the past four titles in Paris, part of his assortment of 20 Slams, attached with Roger Federer for the most by a man in tennis history.
Nadal, a 14-time winner of the French Open who turned 35 last week, fell to 105-3 in his profession at Roland Garros. His first loss came against Robin Soderling in 2009; the following against Djokovic in 2015.
“Each time you step on the court with him,” Djokovic said, “you know that you have to kind of climb Mount Everest to win against this guy here.”
Nadal and Djokovic truly riled up the group at Court Philippe Chatrier.
Halfway through the third set, Djokovic won a 23-stroke point with a forehand winner and windmilled his arms about half-dozen times, earning a standing ovation and chants of “No-vak! No-vak!” On the following point, Nadal produced a forehand winner and screamed, prompting chants of “Ra-fa! Ra-fa!” and a wave in the stands.
Nadal said the defining moment came when Djokovic saved a set point while down 6-5 in the third.
“Anything could happen in that moment,” Nadal said. “I make a double fault and then [miss on] an easy volley in the tiebreak. … These kinds of mistakes can happen. But if you want to win, you can’t make those mistakes. That is it. Well done for him. A good fight out there. I tried my best and today was not my day.”
The third set alone endured 60 minutes, 33 minutes, and a 11 p.m. nationwide curfew in time set up due to COVID-19 was drawing closer. Djokovic’s past match had been deferred over 20 minutes while the audience – limited to 5,000 individuals under Covid limitations – was gotten out of the arena, yet a declaration was made Friday to tell everybody the public authority consented to allow them to remain until the finish of the match.
Prior drones in French of “We won’t leave! We won’t leave!” were replaced by choruses of the national anthem and cheers of thanks for President Emmanuel Macron.
Nadal recovered from the dropped third-set tiebreaker to steal a break at the start of the fourth.
Neither would surrender or yield, yet Djokovic crushed spirit to 2-all and was on his way.
“Something clicked,” Djokovic said.
Nadal noted thereafter that playing in the cooler night air implied balls bounced lower, lessening the impact of his lefty forehand’s heavy topspin.
“That’s more favorable for him, the conditions,” Nadal said. “By the way, doesn’t matter. That’s tennis. The player who gets used to the conditions better is the player who deserves to win. So no doubt, he deserved to win.”
The intensity was palpable from the beginning of the evening, and Nadal zoomed to a 5-0 lead on the way to winning the main set. It was reminiscent of last year’s final, which he won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. That was just the fourth shutout set lost by Djokovic in 341 vocation Grand Slam matches up to that point – and the first in a major final.
Nadal tumbled to 259-7 in majors in the wake of winning the first set; as per ESPN Stats and Information research. Two of those seven misfortunes presently have been to Djokovic.
There wouldn’t be another Friday, on the grounds that Djokovic made two key tactical adjustments – moving a lot further back than expected to return serve and choosing to zero in on serving toward Nadal’s strike – and quickly made clear this would be an exemplary between two of the best ever at what they do.
They defended in ways rarely seen. Tracked down the right blend of force and contact. Conjured up impossible-at-first-glance winners that nobody else would attempt, not to mention effectively utilize. Returned just as anybody, combining to generate 38 break points.
It was the 58th matchup between the opponents, more than some other two men in the game’s proficient time. Djokovic currently drives 30-28, however he trails 10-7 in Slam meetings and 7-2 at the French Open.
Djokovic won the French Open in 2016 and could join Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the lone men to win every one of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice.
QB Sam Noyer heads to Oregon State for final season
Previous Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer will utilize his last year of qualification at Oregon State.
Noyer, who is from Beaverton, Oregon, declared his proceed onward Twitter on Friday.
Noyer tossed for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns in six beginnings last year for Colorado, which went 4-2 in the abbreviated Pac-12 season. He likewise scrambled for 208 yards and five TDs.
With the Beavers, Noyer is expected to compete with redshirt junior Tristan Gebbia and sophomore Chance Nolan.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound QB additionally expressed gratitude toward the Buffaloes.
“From an 18-year-old kid to a 23-year-old adult, I have learned so much from this city, this institution and most importantly, this football program. I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will cherish forever,” he wrote. “It was truly an honor to wear ‘Colorado’ across my chest.”
Noyer played at safety for the Buffaloes in 2019 preceding returning to quarterback last season.
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