And mostly, this series is what we could have expected. The Warriors won the title in 2015 in six games, while the Cavaliers dramatically won in 2016 in seven, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to win a series trailing 3-1. After that, winning four out of five times was an impossibility. He capped off the series with a 39-point performance to lead the Warriors to a 129-120 win.
Durant went through a lot to hoist that trophy. After scoring 49 points in the first quarter of Game 4, the Cavs got out to a 22-18 lead midway through the first quarter. The money is still on Paul returning to Los Angeles, but a move to the Alamo City would create a formidable foe for Golden State.
But will we see more of the same next season? In addition to the starters, Golden State's bench players were outstanding.
But James and Kyrie Irving kept battling for a while, kept pushing the Warriors, and it brought out the best of the Warriors again, at the end. They were underdogs in only three games this season and won 31 of their last 33 games, including their prolific postseason run.
One interesting detail is how Golden State reworked the defense with Curry over the season so that he wouldn't be forced into bad switches against the Cavaliers. Cleveland had an answer for plenty, but not Durant, not in the series-deciding moments.
The Warriors finished the postseason 16-1, the best playoff record in National Basketball Association history. Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players got technical fouls. "It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed". Ultimately, they lacked the firepower to combat Golden State's attack. On the Cavs' side, Irving and Love aren't good defenders and going down the roster the lack of two-way skills was a severe problem. Kyle Korver isn't the best defender in the world.
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Le calice jusqu'à la lie pour Buffon, qui s'incline une troisième fois en finale de Ligue des Champions , en autant de disputées. Ce serait la première pour le gardien Gianluigi Buffon , 39 ans, qui ne l'a jamais remportée dans son immense carrière.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr wants the Warriors to be more anxious, ready and eager in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
After another of J.R. Smith's moonshot 3s, the Cavaliers had it within five to start the fourth quarter.
Chamberlain, who went on to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame, scored a record 100 points for Philadelphia during a 1962 game against the New York Knicks.
"We were able to get them past year, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen, so they did a good job of - a great job, their front office and their players, by doing that recruiting, the things that they did in the summertime, and obviously it paid dividends", James said.
It's damn near impossible to guard a team with Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green on the floor.
OAKLAND-They played like they knew this was coming, some way, some how, like it was inevitable, like it was everything they planned and dreamed back in July. From the field, though, Cleveland shot 62.5%, making 15 of 24 shots. A James layup on the quarter's first possession cut it to three.
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