The Golden State Warriors, having roared through the postseason with 15 straight wins - majority in dominant fashion - looked for sure as though they would wrap up their incredible, undefeated playoff run on Friday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. It was Golden State's first loss in this year's playoffs.
But the series has now moved back to the Warriors' home court, where the 2015 champions can be even more formidable.
A year ago, the Warriors led the Finals 3-1 with Game 5 in Oakland. Cleveland had a 39-point advantage on three-point shots and only won by 21.
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When James scored with 11:34 left in the game, the Cavaliers had cut a 17-point deficit down to 98-95.
Myers chose to stay with Green as he sat out that game last June.
After getting his own back this time around, Durant said: "He averaged a triple-double - you just can't stop the guy - but we got him". Kevin Durant made sure of that. "That's the type of guy that I want to be with every single time". That's the hardest challenge, when you have that type of emotions, to channel it. "Like I said, I think because of experience".
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Thompson quickly went to into his face and the two had to be separated by the referees and some of their teammates. West emphatically ripped the ball from Irving's grasp and smacked him in the chest on the follow-through.
The Cavs look to carry that same mindset into Game 5, when they once again try to stave off elimination. It was the fifth straight 30-point performance for Durant in as many Finals games and earned him the MVP award. We know it's not going to be an easy game for us. "But you just have keep a body on them as much as possible and try to make their shots a little bit more hard".
But that was in Cleveland.
"Our mindset has to be winning games and not smiling back and forth or talking and playing", Lue said.
Golden State brought a 3-1 lead back west but then took the floor without Green, who was suspended for accumulation of flagrant foul points, and couldn't stop LeBron James or Irving. Coach Steve Kerr waved that off.
Led by LeBron James' 41 points, the Cavaliers hung within 108-102 with 8:29 to play on a 3-pointer by Kyle Korver. "He's confining his intensity in a more narrow lane, meaning sometimes he would spill over in areas. And it also helps when you are able to experience some things with this team as well".
James, too, understands. He's been on both sides the previous two years. The cheapest two seats together for Monday night are a $60 increase from what they cost for Game 2.
"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over".
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