Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted National Basketball Association championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
Cleveland avoided a sweep with a 137-116 win over the Warriors in Cleveland for Game 4. Stephen Curry is next on the list at +225, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are at +900 and +1600 respectively. The Warriors don't want to give any credence to the notion this series is in any way like the one they lost previous year after going up 3-1.
Cleveland's Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala. The Warriors couldn't take any risks trying to win another Larry O'Brien trophy. That should give the Cavaliers some hope.
The NBA may have an issue with predictability, as Golden State is the overwhelming favorite again next season.
The Cavaliers are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals.
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It was the third year in succession the two teams had met in the finals.
"But I always say the biggest adjustment in the playoffs that you make is always an emotional one". Personally, I predicted Cleveland would win this series in six games. "They're so fast, they get out in transition". They'll be doing everything in their power to close out this sucker tonight. We would love to take care of business.
Riley: Their win last season wasn't a fluke.
Kyrie Irving lives for big moments. James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double, passing Magic Johnson for first place in Finals history. It's a long shot, but Cleveland has been in this position before. "I thought the first two games we were being too nice". And, whether he was fully healthy by the end of those playoffs or not, the cold, hard truth for Curry and the Warriors is that, until they close this series out, last year's failure - and every subsequent one this season - will hang over them. If this keeps up, we could see a Durant poster dunk over LeBron at some point in Game 5.
But for now, the Golden State Warriors are rid of their demons. You need that. When we come out in the beginning of Game 4 and lose shooters and turn the ball over carelessly, we're obviously not ready.
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