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Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland. In sum, he scored a game-high 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field (including 6-of-9 from beyond the 3-point line), and collected 13 rebounds - and every single one for the Warriors in the first quarter.

In the game's final stage, Golden State was better, leaving James to compare his opponent to a gold standard in a different sport.

"When you're down like this, in a deficit like this versus a team like this, there's no good feeling", James said following practice Tuesday. "It's what you've got and how you take care of it".

James has good reason to think the Cavs will be better when the ball goes up on their home court, where they have dropped only one game this post-season.

"That's why they've retooled this team", the Cleveland Cavaliers star said when asked about Kevin Durant's presence more than covering for Curry's 3-for-16 shooting display, including 1-for-10 from 3-point territory.

Perhaps this defeat will be more bitter to digest than Game 1, where the team lost in overtime and despite a 51-point performance from LeBron James. And unless the Cleveland Cavaliers can pull off the improbable against the Golden State Warriors, James will fall to 3-6 in his illustrious career in the championship round.

With Iguodala, his value goes far deeper than stats.

Golden State has been the league's best third-quarter team this season, and the Warriors once again flexed their second-half muscle as they used a 15-3 run to get out to a five-point lead. The Sixers shot only 38 percent for the quarter, while Golden State heated up, hitting over 50 percent of their shots.

With six minutes left, Golden State tried the "hack-a-Ben" strategy in an attempt to get back into the game. And on a night where Stephen Curry couldn't shoot and Klay Thompson wasn't much better, Durant put the Golden State Warriors on his slender shoulders and carried them to the brink of becoming back-to-back National Basketball Association champions for the first time.

"We got stagnant", Love said. Klay Thompson was coming off a Game 2 in which he scored 20 points.

We'll update with more NBA Finals numbers, as well as how competition MasterChef, American Ninja Warrior, Code Black and the CW's The Originals did, but right now in the early metric, Game 3 is even with June 3's GSW winning Game 2. It is a hell of a luxury to have Durant on a team that had already won a title one year and 73 games the next.

Then came the expected third quarter Warriors run - up-tempo play, some threes raining down, the layup line continued, and the Warriors had an 11-point third quarter lead at one point that shrunk to eight by the end of the quarter, but that was enough to have the Warriors up 83-81.

"K.D. had one of his games that will go on his highlight reel and one that was incredible even by his standards".

Indians manager Terry Francona and more than a dozen of his players were scrambling for tickets in the hours leading up to tip-off. "We understand how hard it is to win in this building", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

Cleveland might have found something with Hood, but it ultimately didn't create the win it so desperately needed.

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