Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight National Basketball Association title

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What the Raptors have seen up close is that in this arena, where they had won eight straight in the playoffs this season, the Cavaliers can be a nightmare: James orchestrating it all, as he does, but also an array of shooters who can light up the scoreboard from three-point range.

The Cavaliers, who were powered by a 33-point performance from LeBron James, will now try to become the first National Basketball Association team to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win a series.

But for James and the Cavs, they'll surely want to avoid the embarrassment of a sweep and earn some pride in Friday night's Game 4 on their home floor.


Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast.

But the Warriors fought back into it, with Durant hitting a variety of impossible-to-defend jumpers, and it was a one-point game with six minutes to go.

Early in the first quarter, he got JaVale McGee to bite on a pump fake and threw himself an alley-oop off the backboard to slam home an outrageous dunk.


The Cavs needed a strong start, and they got it helped by a playground move from James. What if James messes up the pass, or bricks the dunk on the rim, or turns the ball over because he couldn't catch his own pass?

James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually - camouflage trousers, purple hoodie, "Billionaire Boys Club" baseball cap - than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason.

Warriors: Draymond Green passed Wilt Chamberlain (922) for the most rebounds in Warriors playoff history. His previous career high for games played in a regular season plus postseason was 100 in 2010-11, when he was 26.


"Tonight will be tough", said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances. After the game, James even told reporters that he had trouble seeing out of his eye after that play and was dealing with curry vision for basically the entire second half. "LeBron James, I guess", he said with a laugh.

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