With Golden State’s 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in the Western Conference Championship series, the top-seeded Warriors needed just 5 games to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals. The evening before, the No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers finished a 4-game sweep of the No. 1 Atlanta Hawks in the East.
Two conference finals best-of-7 series, just 9 total games needed to end them. Talk about making statements.
So in what should be a very entertaining NBA Finals, the Cavaliers and Warriors meet for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
Game 1 is set for Thursday, June 4, at Golden State’s Oracle Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern and the action can be seen on ABC. All games will be televised by ABC.
The Warriors also host Game 2 on Sunday, June 7. The series then shifts to Cleveland for 2 games, the first on Tuesday, June 9.
2015 NBA Finals Schedule
All times Eastern
All games to be televised by ABC
Game 1 — Thursday, June 4, 9 p.m.: Cavaliers at Warriors
Game 2 — Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m.: Cavaliers at Warriors
Game 3 — Tuesday, June 9, 9 p.m.: Warriors at Cavaliers
Game 4 — Thursday, June 11, 9 p.m.: Warriors at Cavaliers
*Game 5 — Sunday, June 14, 8 p.m.: Cavaliers at Warriors
*Game 6 — Tuesday, June 16, 9 p.m.: Warriors at Cavaliers
*Game 7 — Friday, June 19, 9 p.m.: Cavaliers at Warriors
The NBA Finals have a 2-2-1-1-1 series format and the team with the best regular season winning percentage gets home court advantage. Golden State finished the regular season with 67-15 record (.817 winning percentage) and Cleveland .646 (53-29), so the Warriors will host 4 of the 7 games, if the series gets that far.
Golden State is in the Finals for the first time since 1974-75, when it swept the Washington Bullets for the NBA title. Cleveland is making its second trip the championship series. The first and only time came after the 2006-07 season, but LeBron James and Co. were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.
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