Mike Montgomery and Miguel Montero get ready to celebrate the Cubs’ Game 7 win, because just like any kind of M&Ms you can’t have just one. Charlie Riedel/AP Photo
Here’s to the incomprehensible finish of the epic seventh game of a classic World Series. Now that you’ve had a couple of months to let it breathe, try to digest the degree of difficulty of all the nutty stuff that had to line up to make that finale the instant classic it became.
Let’s begin with Indians starter Corey Kluber. Game 7 was his 140th start in the big leagues, counting the postseason. He had never made any start in which he struck out nobody — so naturally, he whiffed zero in this start (on the way to digging the Indians into an early 5-1 hole). … But a few innings later, along came Jon Lester, ambling out of that Cubs bullpen for his first relief appearance in nine years. No National League pitcher threw a two-run wild pitch during the entire regular season — of course, Lester did in this game (to cut the Cubs’ four-run lead in half).
“I just tried to be me. Be aggressive, miss or make,” he said.
Durant looked like he was the best player on the floor in a game loaded with NBA superstars. He scored 11 points in the third quarter and earned two three-point plays early in the fourth to push the Warriors ahead 95-82 with 9:20 remaining.
“KD came out in that fourth quarter and was very aggressive,” said James, who had 31 points and 13 rebounds.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr put Durant on the bench for a breather with the Warriors ahead, 95-87, with 7:33 remaining in the game. While Durant was sitting, he watched the Cavaliers go on a 7-2 run with the aid of two Warriors turnovers to trim the visiting team’s lead to 97-94 after an Irving 3-pointer with 6:12 remaining. Cleveland ended up scoring 21 points off 20 Warriors turnovers in the contest.
“We had too many turnovers, that’s the thing,” Durant said. “That’s two games in a row. We have to control that.”
Durant returned to the game 26 seconds later hoping to give the Warriors a great Christmas story in the city where the 1983 movie A Christmas Story was filmed.