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The Cavaliers won last night to keep their hopes alive

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Well the season isn’t quite over yet.

The Cavaliers held on last night and demolished the Warriors to the tune of 136 to 116. The Cavs were just absolutely on fire on offense all night long, scoring 86 points in the first half alone. Kyrie Irving was especially impressive as he was making acrobatic layups and difficult pull-up threepointers. Irving ended up with 40 points on 55 percent shooting.

It was a story of threepointers for the Cavs, as they made 24 of 45 as a team. A few days after Irving and Kevin Love made one threepointer between them, they combined for 13 threes on 15 attempts.

The opposite was true for the Warriors, who shot 28 percent as a team from deep. Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Draymond Green altogether were 5 of 24 on threes.

The game was also quite chippy and contained an odd sequence in which a technical which was assessed earlier in the game was somehow transferred to Steve Kerr from Draymond. If this had not happened, Draymond would have been ejected after his 2nd technical.

The Warriors’ quest for 16-0 has been shattered and the Cavaliers can claim they have not been swept. This gives at least some legitimacy for their battle against the NBA’s goliath.

This might also be a good time to note that the Warriors have a 3-1 lead.

Timberwolves Players in the Limelight

The Minnesota Timberwolves must have some sort of in on Jimmy Kimmel. A week after Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns were on the most recent edition of NBA Players read mean tweets, which you can see here, Zach LaVine was on for a whole segment. Towns has also been on the show by himself a couple different times in the last few years.

LaVine pulled a prank on his friend, and fellow Seattle native, Jamal Crawford in which Jamal was asked to help film a PSA for a foundation that LaVine supposedly was starting, which was “Children without Hoverboards.”

I’m a little suspicious about how real this prank was, as Jamal seems like he might be in on it the entire time, but regardless, it was all in good fun and it is always great to see Timberwolves players on the national stage.

Wolves fans are familiar with LaVine’s natural comedic skills so it is not surprising that he was able to pull off something like this.