In Game 6, they combined for 82 points. Anything less, and maybe the Cavs don't win. Look at how good this team was and how many holes the cavaliers had expressly defensively. James, again at or near his peak, scored 39 points, pulled down 11 boards and dished out nine assists. Aside from the brief respites Tyronn Lue gave him where Golden State dominated, LeBron was everywhere. It was his ninth Finals triple-double, making him the all-time leader in that category. 38 points, including 16 in the third when Cleveland took control, is the type of night from Irving that won the Cavs a title a year ago.
Through roughly 2 1/2 quarters, the Cavs kept things tight, drawing within one at 61-60, staying at three to six points of the home team for over half the game. This year, it only delayed disappointment. Durant joined a Warriors team that was coming off back-to-back Finals appearances and had just set a new regular-season wins record with a 73-9 mark the season before he hopped on. The two exchanged angry words at half court for several minutes during the third quarter, adding to the drama of an already intense game. They played their part. J.R. should probably ride some pine while Iman Shumpert gets some floor time to try and give the defense teeth. He had 17 in the second, giving him a whopping 28 points for the half.
A Durant 3-pointer at the buzzer brought the Warriors a little closer. The Warriors will want to wrap up this series and the Oakland fans will be ready. We know every possession counts and we must get to their shooters, force them off the three-point line and make twos.
Cleveland put up numbers normally reserved for the NBA All-Star Game. Only this time, he missed short.
That means Durant is on the verge of his first title, while James is on the brink of falling to 3-5 in Finals series. By the time Steph Curry took the final two free throws of the game, most of the arena headed out to the exit. "I don't really focus on it too much". Maybe, like LeBron, he was exhausted. The Cavs made 13 3-pointers. I move on. It was never like, 'Oh man, I cost these guys a championship.More news: Trump claims 'complete vindication' after Comey testimony
Though the above shot made-up just 10% of his 31 points on the night, they may well be the three points that kill the Cavs' hopes of defending their crown as no team has ever recovered from a 3-0 playoff deficit in 126 attempts.
"Man, different team, man", said Curry when asked if going home with an identical lead felt reminiscent of a year ago. Golden State's second and third best players are Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in any order you'd like. The Warriors became the first National Basketball Association team ever to hold a 14-0 playoffs mark after routing the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 on Sunday.
"All we have to do is come out with great focus and play as hard as we can and we should be in a position to win". "Obviously I can play better and want to play better and will play better".
"I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset that they were going to have", he said.
The Irving and James partnership isn't flawless.More news: South African President Zuma Defeats No-Confidence Motion
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points.
But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did a year ago.
"I think it's great".
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