Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cavs not giving up - James

Cavs not giving up - James

Just like previous year, the NBA Finals are at 3-1 after four games, with the Cavaliers beating the Warriors 137-116 and snapping their 15-game play-offs winning streak.

Draymond Green was serenaded by boos and other unpleasant chants in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and would love nothing more than for the Warriors to win the championship on the Cavaliers' home court.

Cleveland is shooting 29.8% on three-point shots compared to Golden State's 42.2%, a stat that has helped lead the Cavaliers into this 0-3 series hole.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Golden State's ideal postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles.

It was also a record for the most total points in any finals half and the Cavaliers, who made 28-of-46 from the floor in the first half, set another record by connecting on 13-of-22 3-pointers in a half, eclipsing Golden State's two-day old mark of 12. The only finals team down 3-0 to force a seventh game was the 1951 New York Knicks.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs, bothered by chatter from Golden State's players, broke scoring records while outperforming the NBA's most electrifying 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. "They can make for a very scary duo for teams across the National Basketball Association because they're both mismatch nightmares". Now, a fourth one seems almost as distant with the scary-good Warriors just getting started. We're going to keep competing.

"I mean, it's part of the rules", James said from the podium.

No NBA team have ever found their way back after losing the first three games of a best-of-seven series but James was not ready to admit defeat.

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"I've been working on that shot my whole life", said Durant, who has averaged 34 points through the first three games of the Finals.

"We all had plays that we want back", said Korver of the attempt.

In 2016, Cleveland took game three at home, lost game four and then won the final three - game seven in Oakland - to capture the city's first sports championship since 1964. But history turned to infamy when they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers, the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history. Cleveland got monster games from LeBron James (39 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) and Kyrie Irving (38 points), but it wasn't enough.

"I personally feel like this team can".

"We obviously know how hard it is to win a championship, what all goes into it and how important each game is".

"I'm not even thinking about that", Durant said Thursday.

'He's earned it. He's been in this league for a long time, and he's, I think, at the top of his game at the biggest time'. Neither one craves the spotlight, but neither one shies away from it either.

In that respect, James may be in a situation similar to 2007, when he got the Cavs to the NBA Finals only to be swept by the more talented San Antonio Spurs, who won their third title in five years. However, for the two minutes James took to the bench, Cleveland went -12, squandering all chance of a series-changing victory. "I definitely learned a lot from him as far as his base of his jump shot, his balance in the pick-and-roll, his ball handling, just all the skills that you see within the player".

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