Warriors set to make their claim as NBA's best ever

by Steven Clarke June 11, 2017, 0:58

Golden State's only competition is with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and other great teams from the past. In the Finals, they won Game 1 by 22, Game 2 by 19 and Game 3 by five after coming from behind.

"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals.

"At the end of the day we've just got some resilient guys", James said. "We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical", James said.

But it's one they had to have, and a series that wasn't living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night.

No NBA team had overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals until LeBron James and the Cavs did it a year ago, storming back and stunning defending champion Golden State.

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Warriors have a 3-1 lead in the Finals.

No team has escaped a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series in 126 tries and the Warriors can claim the crown by winning game five at home on Monday in Oakland, California, but the Cavs made the greatest NBA Finals comeback past year from 3-1 down to beat the Warriors.

Please not that I'm not making a prediction here (although I did originally predict Cavs in 7). No. "We have a great opportunity to give ourself another opportunity to keep going".

The Warriors missed four of their first six shots. "Live in the moment". Especially me, because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor.

"No one would be surprised if someone said San Antonio won a championship at the beginning of the season". The Cavaliers shot 24-of-45 from 3-point range, setting a finals record for 3-pointers and ending one shy of matching the league's all-time record.

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.

The game got chippy in the third quarter as James and Durant received double technical fouls after a heated exchange of words.

Golden State didn't get one. This technical however was given to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, and Green remained in the game.

Later, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in a pileup of players and delivered two swipes to Iman Shumpert's groin area as the referees tried to get control.

Shumpert was standing over Pachulia at the time, and instead of ejecting Pachulia the officials gave technicals to him and Shumpert. As this was being sorted out, Todd Leebow, a friend of James who was sitting with the three-time champion's business partners, got involved in an argument with Golden State's bench and was asked to leave.

The Cavaliers' first-half output beat the previous mark of 79 points set in 1985 by the Boston Celtics.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points.

And beyond their firepower, the Cavs did it on defense, holding the up-and-down Warriors without a single fast-break point.

No team has erased a 3-0 deficit in any series.

The Golden State Warriors' chance at perfection is over.

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