The Golden State Warriors rode a record shooting performance to a 108–97 win and 3–1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Golden State hit a Finals record 17 threes and was paced by 38 and 25 points from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, respectively, putting together a complete performance and Cleveland on the brink of elimination. The Warriors also won their 88th game this year (regular season and playoffs combined) to eclipse the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James posted 25 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Cavs, who despite the return of Kevin Love and strong efforts from Kyrie Irving (34 points) and Tristan Thompson could not match the Warriors’ firepower.
No team has ever come back from down 3–1 in an NBA Finals. Game 5 is Monday in Oakland, where the Warriors will shoot for back-to-back titles.
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The Cavs’ early ball movement resulted in a Kyrie Irving corner three. Cleveland came out matching Golden State’s energy and pace.
LeBron found Kyrie with a nice pass. Kyrie did the rest.
Steph Curry looks a bit better early on.
Starring on the glass in the first quarter – and here, on defense, was Tristan Thompson.
Draymond Green came out early in the second with a great block on Channing Frye.
Curry being Curry.
Kyrie Irving steps up on defense with a huge block on Steph Curry.
LeBron James with an outstanding outlet pass. Cleveland went into halftime leading 55–50.
Cleveland fans are hyped.
The Splash Brothers are heating up in the third quarter.
Kyrie Irving with a beautiful move on Curry.
Steph and Klay connect to give the Warriors the lead.
Golden State controlled the final minutes of the third to enter the final period up 79–77.
LeBron James added a nasty put-back slam early in the fourth quarter.
Harrison Barnes hit what may have been a dagger as the Warriors pulled away in the middle of the fourth.
LeBron James and Draymond Green scuffled at the end of the game as tensions rose.
The Warriors would control things the rest of the way, winning 108–97.