Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason run in Game 4

Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason run in Game 4

Cavs end Warriors perfect postseason run in Game 4

Cleveland's J.R. Smith sank a 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers a 113-107 lead, but the Warriors scored 11 points in the final 2:20 for the fightback triumph.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James defends Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second quarter in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green told ESPN.

No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series in 126 attempts, although no club had rallied from 3-1 down in the NBA Finals until the Cavs did it previous year to defeat the Warriors. Bet the former because Durant, easily the Most Valuable Player in this NBA Finals, just won't be denied. Durant finished with 31 points but said after the game there's still more work to do. The one as the best team ever. And then they did it beautifully.

"And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's-you hope eventually it's going to take its toll", Kerr added. "It did take a little bit of time, but for the most part their talents fit together pretty naturally". Did some great things tonight.

James is making his seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance and eighth overall. They've withstood every one of Cleveland's runs, and responded with their own.

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The Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 118-113 victory on Wednesday night.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he never considered resting James or Irving with the game on the line. No other Cavalier attempted more than 10 shots in the game. With James on the court, the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors by seven points. James bent Golden State's defense to his will while Irving sliced through it. LeBron James scored 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyrie Irving added 38 points.

The Cavs simply don't have the firepower to get into a shooting contest with the Warriors.

The only suspense left is whether LeBron James and the Cavs will be able to take a game in the series. That means he's rested just 19 minutes during the Finals so far. Green sat in his auto in the parking lot and called Myers (the Warriors GM), telling him he had to sign Durant. Yes, you read that right.

But Golden State with Durant is on another level than the teams Cleveland roughed up in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs just couldn't hold them down long enough. The difference here is pretty telling.

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