FINALS: Warriors Stun Cavs With Late Comeback Win
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 11:35
The Cavaliers were fantastic Wednesday night, even as they lost 118-113.
Looking at the way things have moved in the first three matches, the Cavs have to come up with something extra special to beat Warriors, who are favourites to win 4-0 and take home the National Basketball Association title.
Durant then followed a Kyle Korver 3-pointer miss for Cleveland with a tension-packed 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that put the Warriors ahead 114-113.
What team could realistically knock off these Warriors, and how long will it take?
The Warriors had trailed the defending champions for much of the second half but used a late surge to secure a 15th straight win, the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major U.S. professional sports.
He could only watch as Kevin Durant of the Warriors sank a 3-pointer over the top of him, one final jolt from which the Cavaliers could not recover.
The NBA's best-of-seven championship was billed as the ultimate grudge match between the league's last two champions and some pundits felt it could go down as one of the most hotly-contested series of all-time.
After passing Michael Jordan as the No. 1 all-time playoff scorer last month, LeBron James has now eclipsed Jordan for third place on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list.
None won as dominantly as this team, which has four versatile All-Stars - including two former league MVPs - in their prime.
Some people may argue their greatness, but James won't. But all you need to know about James Wednesday is that he was +7 in his withering 46 minutes on the court.
"At the end of the day we've just got some resilient guys", James said. "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".
When the Warriors headed to OH with a 2-0 lead, I wondered whether the Cavaliers would muster a response. Jordan's first title team in 1991 is one of three squads that went 15-2. No team in National Basketball Association history has rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the championship round. "So I think a lot of guys had that in their mind today, and they came out and played like it". "And just we obviously - we want 16 wins; it doesn't matter how we get there". He has also taken pressure off of Stephen Curry, who struggled in the first two Finals series against Cleveland but has been brilliant this time around. And when they finally got a close one, they showed why their roster is the envy of just about every other team, with the long-range shooting of Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, and the defensive wizardry of Draymond Green and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.
"It just looks like he understands this is his moment, this is his time", Kerr said.
Still, the Warriors should have won last year's championship without Durant.
Now he says that's not an impossible notion, a comeback to outdo the greatest comeback they made a year ago.
Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. They're playing at a high level. "We had a objective and we cut down some of our mistakes we have been making those first three games and were able to play well". "Why not? If I become an owner, I'm going to try to sign everybody".