Greatest Ever? Warriors Beat Cavaliers to Move One Win From Perfection
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 19:07
With Durant surging toward a Finals MVP, the Warriors are 3-0 with a chance to become the first team in league history to go 16-0 during the playoffs.
LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and Cleveland outperformed the NBA's most electrifying offense in a testy Game 4 filled with technical fouls on Friday night, beating the Warriors 137-116 and ending their ideal postseason.
The series goes back to Oracle Arena in Oakland for Game 5 on Monday night.
A day and a half before Durant nailed arguably the biggest shot of his career to give the Warriors a final-minute lead they never relinquished in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, Pratt stood in nearly the exact same spot and called "Game!" as he swished a three.
Warriors score the final 11 points in Game 3 to stun the Cavs, 118-113.
With their 15th straight win, the Warriors now have the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports.
Durant, still one win from the coveted championship he left Oklahoma City to get, scored 35 points but got little help from Stephen Curry, who scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting.
James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double, passing Magic Johnson for first place in Finals history. The refs later explained that the score sheet - which showed two technicals on Green - was marked wrong and that the first-half technical foul was actually on Steve Kerr for reacting angrily to the foul call on Green.
The Cavs not only didn't make the shots, but they didn't even attempt the shots they needed to take. If the Warriors do it in Game 4 Friday night, they will become the first team to go undefeated during the postseason - a flawless 16-0.
"It's going to be even tougher in game five", James said.
As this was being sorted out, Todd Leebow, a friend of James who was sitting with the three-time champion's business partners, got involved in an argument with Golden State's bench and was asked to leave.
In their 15 playoff games, the Warriors have beaten their opponents by an average of 17 points a game. Also helping matters: the 71 combined points from Irving and James, coming after scoring 77 together in Game 3.
Cleveland opened with the highest-scoring quarter in National Basketball Association history, seizing a 49-33 lead after the first quarter, doing it despite missing eight free throws. Here are the five legendary National Basketball Association teams that could potentially beat the 2016-17 Warriors. "They got stops and then they made play after play down the stretch". You've seen it the first three games of the Finals.
"I didn't envision anything but just being around good people and getting better every single day", Durant said.
But perhaps the most important number was 53 - as in 53%, the Cavs' accuracy from behind the three-point line. "If I felt better, I was going to do it".
LeBron moves up to 3rd on the #NBAFinals scoring list...in #PhantomCam! Jordan scored 1,176 points and connected on 1,463 free throws in six Finals. General manager David Griffin's contract expires after the season, and it's not clear if he will be re-signed by owner Dan Gilbert.