Because of his consistent production and extended shooting distance from three-point range, in addition to a quick release, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has the ability to ruin a game anytime he touches the basketball. We can't let him do that again.
"I told (James) that we're tied up now (at 1-1 in the Finals) and that we'll have to do this again", Durant said. The Warriors hit five of six three-point attempts during that stretch, and Durant had 11 points, including consecutive threes, in that span. "It's like, 'Whoa.' You remember what can be, what can happen".
The Warriors came out with the requisite energy early but then suffered a relapse to their careless ballhandling ways of Game 4. Golden State went 16-1 in this year's playoffs, good for the highest winning percentage (.941) in a single postseason, surpassing the Los Angeles Lakers from 2001 (15-1, .938).
A year ago, these Warriors fell short after a record-setting season that included a 24-0 start and 73 victories at the end to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' wins mark. They don't want to hear the chants of "Cavs in se-ven!" that filled Quicken Loans Arena late in Game 4. "So, I wouldn't compare it to two years ago because it was equally as exciting back then, but it's just - there's nothing like it". Especially me, because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. That's the hardest challenge, when you have that type of emotions, to channel it. "Like I said, I think because of experience".
The Cavaliers aren't going down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals without a fight.
Whether it's extending a season with a pair of 40-point performances or hitting the series-deciding 3-pointer in a Game 7 win previous year, Irving's already stellar game has risen to another level whenever the Cavs have faced elimination.More news: Randolph Middle student qualifies for Scripps spelling bee finals
The 28-year-old Durant won his first title in his first season with the Warriors after spending the first nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups. "Are we going to get after it and compete?"
But that was in Cleveland.
For the first time since that 1974 Amazin' A's team clinched the World Series at the Oakland Coliseum by beating the Dodgers in five games, another Bay Area sports team may finally be able to celebrate a championship in its home venue.
The Cavaliers shot 62 percent from the field in the first quarter while taking a 37-33 lead, but the Warriors dominated the second quarter to grab a 11-point halftime advantage. "He's had an awesome career, but he just took it to the next level", coach Steve Kerr said.
"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said in a TV interview.
The Warriors took their only loss of the playoffs in Friday night's Game 4.
Green has stayed just on the right side of the line this postseason, not in danger of an automatic suspension for technicals or flagrant accumulation.