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June 29 2017, 12:19 | Sammy Rose
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This time around Cleveland's task is even harder, in facing the prospect of overturning a 3-0 series deficit. Kevin Durant made sure of that.
Moreover, this series was the highest rated through the first three games of any NBA Finals since Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls beat Utah's Jazz 19 years ago.
After avoiding a humiliating sweep with an impressive 136-117 Game 4 win at the Quicken Loans Arena two days ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to face long odds in defending their National Basketball Association title against the powerhouse Golden State Warriors.
Though the Cavs would ride the momentum of their historic Game 4 performance in which they scored an NBA Finals-record 49 points in the first quarter, the Warriors would feed off the energy of their home fans in a critical closeout game.
That feat would be especially dramatic, considering the Warriors had a flawless postseason record before their game-four loss.
After seeing three consecutive Finals series where two powerhouse teams battled it out for a championship, let's go for four in a row next season.
Once again, the Cavs find themselves in a hole, but the circumstances are different. The Big 3 combined for 94 whopping points, Tristan Thompson awoke from his three game slumber and played with strength and energy, and J.R. Smith continued to shoot well. This season, it is Kevin Durantwho is the superstar on the Warriors team and not Curry. It outscored Cleveland's 35-7.
The Warriors held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, and survived the Cavs tough shot making.
Durant led all scorers with 39 points, Steph Curry added 34 points, and 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala had 20 points off the bench.
Behind LeBron, the Cavaliers were able to claw their way back and win their first NBA Championship in franchise history.
James shrugged off unbeaten runs and celebration talk and just kept his mind on the moment.
Tempers flared when Irving tied up David West on a loose ball. Nope. Did he get a technical foul? As was the case in Friday night's Game 4, the wine and gold set records while beating the Warriors and avoiding elimination. Simply put, that won't continue, and the Dubs will win the series 4-1.
The Cavs were shaky early, but got back into it with their defense.
"We have to be more on edge". "I'm energetic and positive about the opportunity we have in front of us tomorrow". You need that. When we come out in the beginning of Game 4 and lose shooters and turn the ball over carelessly, we're obviously not ready. Nervous is good. Appropriate fear is the Gregg Popovichline.