There remains much work to do for Cleveland, which still needs to beat Golden State three straight times, including twice in the insane environs of Oracle Arena, but at least they have a chance.
LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and Cleveland outperformed Golden State's high-powered offense in a testy Game 4 filled with technical fouls Friday night, beating the Warriors 137-116 and snapping their 15-game playoff winning streak.
The most honest words uttered so far in these finals came from Cavs guard Kyrie Irving who said: "We see everything, I'll be sitting up here lying (if I said) we didn't see it". We're still a special team as well.
The Warriors are heading back to the Bay Area for Game 5 of the NBA Finals with a 3-1 series lead over the Cavaliers. Coming back from 3-0 is even more unfathomable than 3-1, and if Cleveland is to make history again, they'll need everyone. Yet it didn't take too much out of the game. But Irving's inconsistency keeps him from being mentioned as one the NBA's truly elite stars, and it could be Cleveland's undoing in this series. We came out and this was as close to a 48-minute game as we played in the post-season. The Cavaliers were simply overmatched against perhaps the greatest team of all time, or so the rhetoric went. There's no - you can't - we were just playing in the moment.
Irving said he scans social media for such slights as premature celebration talk. "If I become an owner I'm going to try to sign everybody".
But, with games left to be played, LeBron kept cool, calm, and collected.
Altercations are nearing the point of getting out of hand, said Warriors forward Draymond Green, who missed last year's 5th finals game after a suspension for striking James in the groin. "I thought they played a tremendous game", said Kerr.
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Center Tristan Thompson had the most blunt assessment of all.
"It's The Finals. Guys are going to talk", he said. "We're ready to live in it". "And I'm not going to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team". "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better". SCHEDULE: Warriors 2017 NBA Finals on ABC7Fans of King James had to wait.
"It's The Finals and everyone is heated".
"Ain't no tech going to stop me from being me".
Kevin Durant led Golden State with 35 points while Draymond Green added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Stephen Curry had 14 points, but the Warriors - who never led - could not manage the ninth sweep in finals history. They do not want to repeat the frightful feeling of previous year. Auburn had a really good run previous year until the very - until their quarterback got hurt. James was so dominant in the Finals that a 73-win team needed to recruit one of the league's best players in order to have a chance to beat him.
You hear some chatter going on throughout the Warriors' locker room in terms of them trying to end it here. and we had to leave it all out there.
It was clear after Game 3 that James couldn't do this alone - not when the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 12 points in the two minutes that he was off the court. "We wanted to throw a haymaker tonight". We shared the ball, we moved the ball, and defensively we were physical.
"Every game is do-or-die and we understand that", Kyrie Irving said.
Don't look now, but the Warriors have a 3-1 lead in the National Basketball Association finals. But referees claimed that his first technical was on head coach Steve Kerr. "That first quarter we were great, the first half we were great".
Four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant at this time past year was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. "But last year is last year, this year is this year".
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