Hours before opening tip of Game 1 of this highly-anticipated NBA Finals rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the folks over at NBA 2K put together a virtual simulation of the series using its popular NBA 2K17 video game.
Here’s how it went down:
Game 1: The Cavaliers went to Oracle Arena and downed the Dubs 112-95.
Game 2: The Warriors evened the series with a 119-87 rout. The Cavs committed 18 turnovers, while Kevin Durant poured in 45 points.
Game 3: Back at the comfy confines of Quicken Loans Arena, Kyrie Irving hit a clutch three-pointer in the final 30 seconds to give the Cavs a 92-89 lead. In a scenario eerily similar to Game 7 of last year’s Finals, the Cavaliers went on to win 93-89.
Game 4: The Warriors shot 61% from the field to win 116-111 and tie the series at 2-2.
Game 5: The Warriors made 14 of their 28 three-point attempts, held the Cavs to 32% shooting and won 110-84 to take a 3-2 series lead.
Game 6: Led by a triple-double from LeBron James, the Cavaliers shut down Golden State in the potential closeout game, winning 111-89.
Game 7: Unlike Golden State’s 2015-16 real-life squad, the virtual Warriors weren’t about to lose Game 7 on their home floor. Led by 41 points from Durant, who was subsequently crowned Finals MVP, the Warriors shot 60% from the field and 59% from beyond the arc to knock off the defending champs 132-106.
While we’re not too sure about this series ending with a 26-point Game 7 rout, our Finals predictions weren’t all that totally different.
The precise Finals tip off Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.