After the Golden State Warriors closed their regular-season run at Oracle Arena with a 131-104 win over the Clippers on Sunday night, we asked the 95.7 The Game staff to regale us with their favorite moments at the Oakland stadium, which has housed the Dubs for 47 seasons.
Whether it took two words, two sentences or two paragraphs, our hosts didn’t disappoint. Here are their memories…
I absolutely should say Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals, which featured the Warriors hoisting Larry on Oracle turf. I had tears in my eyes from watching the sheer joy displayed by the fans in my section. Or maybe those tears were from the smoke that quickly rose from the seats following Golden State's 129-120 win. I really can't remember the cause.
But my final answer is probably Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. JR Smith running the wrong way at the buzzer. You can't make that stuff up.
The Baron dunk/Dallas upset/We Believe team was the most fun, unexpected and intriguing stretch of basketball I’ve ever seen. It took me back to when I was kid and couldn’t wait to go to high school basketball games in Pennsylvania, where they’d draw 8,000-10,000 for doubleheaders in Hershey and Harrisburg.
Calling Sleepy’s incredible 51-point performance in Game 4 of the 1987 Western Conference semifinals against the “Showtime” Lakers.
It begins at the 12:29 mark in the pod:
Too many for me to narrow down to one so I’ll name five.
Game 5 of 2015 West Finals vs. Rockets. Warriors move on to NBA Finals for first time in 40 years
Warriors first round upset of Denver in 2013 playoffs.
The Baron Davis dunk
Game 5, NBA Finals, June 14, 2015
The Warriors were holding on to a precarious one-point lead at 85-84 with five minutes remaining.
Then the Warriors took over. After a LeBron missed free throw, Curry hit a three to put them up 10, a few minutes later Curry hit another 3 to put them up 100-89 with 1:22 left, thus putting the game on ice. I have never in my life heard noise like that. The crowd also realized that with the win and a 3-2 series lead, the Dubs could close out the series in Cleveland so this would be their final game at home.