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Golden State one win from title

20 June, 2017, 13:07 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Cavs not slowing down, sticking to NBA Finals plan vs. Warriors

When the Cavs couldn't muster a basket in the final three minutes of Game 3, and the Warriors jumped on the opportunity.

Durant scored 31 points and Klay Thompson had 30 for the Warriors, who improved to 15-0 in the postseason and are on the brink of the first undefeated finish in National Basketball Association playoff history.

A win in game four on Friday night in Cleveland will see Golden State exorcise the haunting demons from a year ago when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving completed breathless drives to the basket for a combined 77 points while Kevin Love battled for rebounds, out-hustling the Warriors on several occasions.

One more win will give Durant the prize he coveted when he came to Golden State in the offseason from Oklahoma City.

"I've got to go home, get my mind focused and get my body focused for game four and we take it one possession at a time". Not only does America get a taco, but Golden State small forward Kevin Durant drained easily the biggest shot of his National Basketball Association career. That will only expand the Warriors' payroll and force the Warriors to make tough choices about who should get the bigger contract. Even those who hated Durant's decision can't question how it has worked out for him when watching how well he and the Warriors have meshed.

"Even when you're playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they have guys that are going to make plays", he said.

Cleveland had collapsed in the third quarter of the first two games, letting the Warriors run away and hide. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 114.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting.

James and Irving played the entire fourth quarter, but each only made two of six shots. "I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower. Why not? If I become an owner, I'm going to try to sign everybody".

Despite James matching Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin "Magic" Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history (eight), the Warriors set a new league record with their 14th straight postseason victory, a 132-113 decision in front of a raucous capacity crowd of 19,596 fans at Oracle Arena in Oakland Sunday night.

"So you get down in the fourth quarter, it's a five-point game with six minutes left, you don't say, oh, man, we're down five, you just say there's a ton of time left and let's execute".

James scored 12 points on 4-13 attempts from the field and went scoreless in the last three minutes of the game.

But roles were reversed in the third quarter when Cleveland made four 3-pointers to only one for Golden State. Klay Thompson also kept the Warriors afloat in many moments of the game with key 3-pointers.

"Obviously, I'm drained right now", said James.

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