Warriors top Cavaliers to move one win from perfection

Warriors top Cavaliers to move one win from perfection

Warriors top Cavaliers to move one win from perfection

"We don't want to take the long threes and things like that". It's about us putting ourselves in the best position that we can put ourselves in.

On Wednesday in Cleveland, the Cavs were at their very best.

Kevin Durant became only the third player in NBA history (Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal) to score 25 or more points in his first 8 NBA Finals games. LeBron was incredible once again.

The Warriors had been concerned about not repeating the same lackadaisical effort that cost them Game 3 a year ago and started at a blistering pace, hitting nine three-pointers in the first quarter alone as Klay Thompson broke out with a 21-point half to let Golden State avoid any early letdown or deficit. With James on the court, the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors by seven points.

"I think it's just part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty", James said. "You've got to give them credit". If Irving connects on the 3 after first trying to dribble drive, it's a different story. With the Cavs leading in the final minutes, the Warriors turned it on.

The Golden State Warriors can't be beaten. Kevin Durant capped his 31-point performance by nailing a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining.

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Draymond still takes blame for Golden State blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs past year but he says he'll take the consolation prize of now having Kevin Durant on their roster, something that likely wouldn't have happened had they beaten Cleveland in 2016. When asked about the road Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry took to reach this point in their first season together, Kerr brought up the former Heat duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The two minutes and 23 seconds in which he sat? All of that still wasn't enough to get past the loaded Warriors. In an alternate reality, we would be talking about this Cleveland team as a juggernaut, the class of the league.

The NBA's best postseason run is the 15-1 mark of the 2001 Lakers, while the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers went 12-1. James has been terrific in every contest, though he didn't get any help in the series opener.

"There have been times throughout my career where I played teams that were just in the midst of something that can last for a long time".

If the Warriors sweep the Cavs, they'll make history for their undefeated playoff run. "We missed some shots, and they made some". Durant finished with four 3-pointers, Thompson six and Curry five.

Cleveland led for most of the second half and looked ready to hand the Warriors their first loss of the playoffs but Durant picked his team up off the floor and delivered the victory with 14 fourth-quarter points. "Obviously you never know what's going to happen, but as it stands right now, they look pretty good, as far as the future".

"But once it clicked and the habits started to become second nature, it was kind of handsome to watch and an incredible kind of style to play and watch unfold".

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