Cleveland Cavaliers stay alive in NBA Finals with record-setting night

Elizabeth Williams
June 11, 2017

As game 4 unraveled analyst and basketball media had the Cavs at 68% to be swept by the #Golden State Warriors. James said his mom didn't want him to leave the Miami Heat for the Cavs because of the letter Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert wrote to fans the night James bolted for the Heat in 2010.

The bottom line is that Cleveland has gotten these Finals to 3-1, a familiar situation that must give them a little comfort. And getting swept is something that you never want to have happen. It's like the aura of the game created trash talk and just communication out there. The Cavs are in a familiar position, trailing 3-1 in the series.

Clearly, the question was spawned after Game 3, when Curry squatted down and appeared to mimic defecating on the court at Quicken Loans Arena after Durant drained a three-pointer to give the Warriors the lead late in the game.

In any event, the Cavs are still breathing, and it's now the Warriors who may be feeling the pressure after blowing a 3-1 lead last June.

What does it take to beat Golden State? "We will watch film and see where we can get better".

The Mercury News' Tim Kawakami called it an imperfect game for everybody involved, except for the Cavs: "The Warriors played terribly at the start, they gathered themselves to make it competitive into the third quarter, and then that third quarter was some of the oddest stuff in recent playoff history".

"Just one of those games", Curry said.

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With his first basket of Friday's win, he passed Michael Jordan for third-most points in NBA Finals history. "You know, we obviously won it here before".

"I can't foresee them coming to Oracle and hitting 24 3s", Green said.

Durant was upset after being accidentally slapped by Kevin Love on a block attempt and after a lengthy review Love was assessed a flagrant foul. "So tonight was who we are, we made shots, and defensively I thought we were pretty good". "Forget about that undefeated talk or whatever".

James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double, passing Magic Johnson for first place in Finals history. And when they finally got a close one, they showed why their roster is the envy of just about every other team, with the long-range shooting of Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, and the defensive wizardry of Draymond Green and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Lebron James had another near ideal [VIDEO] half scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, #Kevin Love shot 4 for 5 from the 3 point line scoring 16 points, and Thompson showed up with 6 rebounds, the most rebounds he has had since game 1 of the finals and its only half time. Draymond Green had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Green added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Stephen Curry was 4 of 13 for 14 points. "Cavs in 7!" Cleveland fans chanted as they walked toward the exits.Yes, the NBA Finals are right where they were last year and could still end with the same result.But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did last year.The Cavaliers and Warriors, who have tangled for three consecutive Junes, headed back to the West Coast on Saturday after Cleveland's record-setting 137-116 victory.

If not for Cleveland's Kyle Korver missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3, the series would be 2-2. Can they possibly complete another epic Finals comeback?

"I think it came from Draymond (Green, a Warriors forward), which is OK, that's Dray anyway".

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