The Golden State Warriors used a 28-4 flurry in the second quarter to take a lead they never relinquished, then relied on the scoring of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry down the stretch to hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to a 129-120 victory Monday night, clinching their second National Basketball Association championship in the past three seasons.
And mostly, this series is what we could have expected.
The Cavaliers displayed a lot of pride after going down 3-0.
31-for-56 shooting (.554). The first three games, helping guys up off the floor, smiling, talking to guys and - yeah, I didn't like that.
"No, they got us where they want us", LeBron James said.More news: Panama Just Forged Ties With China, While Ditching Relations With Taiwan
Irving has never lacked confidence in his ability to score.
Coming into the series, the Cavs' recipe for success was to match the Warriors offensive output, and the question of whether or not it would be a close series would be hanging close in high-scoring games. The Cavs made just 12 of their 44 three-pointers, including 3-for-18 on corner three-pointers and it took big shots from Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant at the end of Game 3 while the Cavs stumbled. "They're going to come out and play with a sense of urgency". Everything that I carry my whole life, I've had that.
"He's unsafe so we just wanted to limit his shots, take the ball out of his hands", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "When I say something, I've already thought about how I was going to say it".
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was asked about his team's needs when told of Kerr's comments.
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"They're some special players, and they make some unbelievable plays". So that's the only thing I could think of. "I just have to make the right one". "I've kind of always been this way". "There's a level of respect you want to give your opponent and a level of respect you don't want to give them". I don't see anything's amusing or anything's to smile about.
Now they need the biggest ever in the NBA's postseason. "I probably won't be part of the 3-on-3 matchups that it has to offer".
Golden State still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 as we shift back to the Bay Area for Game 5 on Monday night. "We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4", Kerr said on Monday. "That's an important component (tonight), getting a body on Thompson early". (No one is more qualified to speak on the importance of finishing it off than the members of the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors).
"One of our coaches said he's like the yellow Lab who just keeps chasing the ball all day", he said.
We'll just have to wait and see when that happens. Then all of a sudden you get smacked in the face and it's like: Whoa. LeBron James and Cleveland, who looked down and out in an 0-3 hole only days ago, now have some momentum after winning Game 4 and will try to stave off elimination once more. The Celtics hold The Finals record for points in a game, beating the Lakers 148-114 on May 27, 1985. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there". He also had 13 rebounds and eight assists, giving him a triple-double average for the finals, an unprecedented feat.More news: Ivanka Trump says her father is optimistic