Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the Cavs to miss a repeat.
Cleveland has won four straight Finals elimination games, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship previous year and then winning 137-116 in Game 4 on Friday night to extend this series.
The Warriors took their only loss of the playoffs in Friday night's Game 4. We know what dominance across the board looks like because we've seen LeBron and - here's where it's important - measured what he's done while he's actually doing it. But then you add, of course, some chatter in there, and that adds some extra motivation. "So you have to come out with a killer instinct and a punch-face mentality". That taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor.
"Yeah, they make me feel good", said Green. "We knew coming into Game 5 past year that if we don't protect the ball, don't limit their three-point shooting, then we can get blown out of this arena". But it was his extra motivation that caught the notice of James.
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He was almost as impressive on the mound with a 10-3 record, 2.34 ERA, 140 strikeouts, and just 33 walks in 104 innings. McKay, who pitches and plays first base at Louisville, was introduced as a first baseman by the commissioner.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Warriors end, but not without going through the eye of the needle first. It's why the Warriors were so heavily favored coming into the Finals in the first place.
"A few years from now".
Where can I watch the live stream? "We just have to stay in the moment". Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said his team was "too nice" in the first three games, asked for more physicality and got it. Everything is accessible. Social media is everywhere.
And while the comments didn't come across as excessively brash given that they were from Green, Irving said the Cavs were offended and inspired by them. So I have my opinion on how people see it from both sides. But I relish in that challenge.
"I knew I didn't [have a tech] so maybe I'm just a littler sharper than others then, huh?" They obviously don't what to catch another flight to Cleveland and hear non-stop chatter about tightness in their necks. Sure, it will be a tall task in Oakland with a motivated Kevin Durant trying to capture his first career title and playing like a possible Finals MVP. "So all that chatter and stuff is neither here nor there". If you'd really like to grab two chairs in Section 109, that'll cost you a smooth $134,855.74 - $57,878 per ticket, plus the small matter of a $9,549.87-per-ticket service fee (natch).
"It would be very satisfying to do that", said Green after Game Three. "If you need extra motivation to go close out in five, you're screwed, because that won't be enough motivation".
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