Cavs halt Warriors to stay alive in NBA Finals

Alain Brian
Juin 10, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues with Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017.

J.R. Smith has made a pair of 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving has made two of his first three shots and Cleveland opened a quick 16-5 lead over Golden State at the first time-out Friday night. The Warriors are 15-0 and can finish off the NBA's first flawless postseason with a victory here in Game 4. Even former National Basketball Association ref and betting icon Tim Donaghy believes someone stepped in to alter the result of games. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again.

The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC - the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-0 - is the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998 through three games, according to Nielsen.

"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals.

"Tonight was who we are". We just kept our composure.

"We'll see what happens", James said.

What would this series have looked like through the first three games if the Cavaliers had shot the ball from 3-point range the way they had all season? In doing so they scored more points in a quarter than any other team in post-season history when they plundered 49 in the opening 12 minutes.

No NBA team had overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals until LeBron James and the Cavs did it a year ago, storming back and stunning defending champion Golden State.

With their 15th straight win, the Warriors have the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major U.S. professional sports.

Fans chanted "Cavs in 7" to end the night.

"Obviously it's working and we have to keep that keyhole mentality of: What's next?"

The Warriors won their first 15 playoff games, the longest postseason streak in North American sport history, but 48 minutes from a party they've been planning for a year has been put on hold. Five of the six bookmakers had Golden State favored. The Cavs went to Irving, who was guarded by Klay Thompson just like he was on Christmas Day when Irving hit a game victor on the very same court.

"I didn't envision anything but just being around good people and getting better every single day", Durant said. "This could turn if we come out there thinking we're the champions already".

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors will be able to make that boast if they win Friday to complete the most impressive postseason run in major sports history.

"It took a while for it to kind of reveal itself consistently as the regular season went on, but once it clicked and the habits started to become second nature, it was kind of lovely to watch and an fantastic kind of style to play and watch unfold", Curry said. His defensive miscues and an 0-7 mark from three aside, Irving played the best game he possibly could. It's a minor miracle James didn't need a stretcher to get to the locker room.

The Cavs had no contribution from Tristan Thompson and Deron Williams in the first three games.

But the Celtics can run back the core that won 53 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and add some serious talent to that mix.

Pachulia has played a role in his team's success averaging 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.

They now lead the best-of-seven series 3-0.

Later in the quarter, confusion arose as Green seemingly received his second technical foul of the game that would have resulted in an automatic ejection. There was also a confusing moment with a mix-up over technical fouls between Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr. We've played only [15] games so far. Zaza Pachulia struck Iman Shumpert in the groin.

But as Golden State inches closer to a flawless 16-0 postseason record, putting this team in its proper historical perspective is becoming more and more interesting.

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