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Steve Kerr criticises officials for "ridiculous" foul calls on Stephen Curry

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The Golden State Warriors have surrendered a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after losing back-to-back games for just the second time this season. 

Thursday night's 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers ties the series at 3-3 and will head back to Oakland for a deciding game seven. 

The defending champions will be grateful to return to their home floor after enduring a frustrating night in Ohio. 

The Dubs trailed from the tip and surprisingly never took the lead in the contest in what was a night to forget. 

After going behind by as many as 24 points on the night, the Warriors rallied in the fourth quarter and cut the lead down to eight at one point but their hopes of a comeback were dashed by a notable incident late in the game. 

Already on five fouls, MVP Stephen Curry reached in on LeBron James and picked up his sixth. He fouled out of the game but the referee's decision angered Curry who threw his mouth guard into the crowd in frustration. 

He became the first player to be ejected from an NBA Finals game since Frank Brickowski in 1996 with the Seattle SuperSonics and the first MVP to do so since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Six

The point guard was having a good night offensively up until that point and was particularly heating up deep into the second half. 

He made six three-pointers and had a team-high 30 points and would've added to it had he not fouled out with 4:22 remaining in the game.  

Curry picked up his fifth foul with 9:48 left in the contest and it was a risky move by Steve Kerr to leave him in the game as the Cavs made a concerted effort to attack him off pick-and-rolls.

Kerr, though, didn't hold back when speaking after the game and was hugely critical of the officiating and threw his support behind his star player.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Six

"It had nothing to do with the outcome. The outcome was decided. But he had every right to be upset," Kerr said. "He's the MVP, he gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous.

"Three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody, much less the MVP of the league. I'm happy he threw his mouthpiece. He should be upset."

The Coach of the Year will likely receive a call from the league and have to part with $25,000 as a result.

Some of the calls on Steph were certainly questionable, especially what appeared to be a clean steal on Kyrie Irving which landed him his fifth foul.

However, having struggled with foul trouble throughout the series, Curry and Kerr should've handled the situation better.  

Nevertheless, as Kerr mentioned, it had nothing to do with the outcome as the Cavaliers outplayed Golden State for large parts of the game and were worthy winners on the night. 

Despite their displeasure at how the night unfolded, the men from the Bay Area will strongly fancy themselves to win a game seven on their home floor to secure a second consecutive title. 

We can certainly expect the most boisterous crowd of the entire season at the Oracle Arena as this NBA Finals series will take a final twist.

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