Cavaliers keep fighting to tie series against Warriors
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Cavaliers keep fighting to tie series against Warriors
SI Staff
Monday June 8th, 2015

In a tightly contested matchup in Game 2 of the NBA Finals where every possession counted, Klay Thompson had trouble missing the bottom of the net, but LeBron James finally got a little help from his friends, particularly the Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova, who helped Cleveland to a 95–93 overtime victory.

But as the third quarter winded down with the score at 62–59, the Warriors were looking to pull away and capitalize on a turnover by Dellavedova, who started in place of the Cavaliers' injured point guard Kyrie Irving, who will miss the remainder of the Finals with a knee injury.

Draymond Green picked off the errant pass by Dellavedova, which then found its way into the hands of Golden State's Marreese Speights, who then trounced down the floor unguarded for a spectacular, high-flying slam dunk—right? Wrong. After taking a few long strides down the lane, Speights went up for the two-handed slam only to fumble the ball, completely missing the easy bucket.

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It wasn't the best moment for the 6'10", 255-pound big man, who proceeded to stumble down the side of the court and barrel into a referee.

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And for historical reference, this isn't the first time Speights's ability to finish a dunk has been called into question:

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Daniel Friedman


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