LeBron James climbs to third place in career NBA Finals scoring

  • LeBron James climbs to third place in career NBA Finals scoring

LeBron James climbs to third place in career NBA Finals scoring

The Cavs played well enough to win but against these Warriors it's becoming clear that anything less than super human just isn't going to get the job done.

And the Cavaliers have won Game 4 by 96-116... They will be physical.

"We don't want to go back to the Bay", Klay Thompson said. "There's really no other decision, other than to leave it all out there".

Golden State, which also had 30 points from Klay Thompson and 26 from Stephen Curry, would become the first team in National Basketball Association history to make an unbeaten playoff run to the crown by winning game four on Friday in Cleveland. "He got to a spot, got a switch out on Tristan, hits a big-time shot baseline and then, I mean, just hits an unbelievable game victor, just comes down in transition, that only Kevin Durant can hit". You have to lay the foundation for what kind of team you're going to be going into the playoffs and hopefully the ultimate goal of playing in these games. But Cleveland fans can take heart from a message posted on J.R. Smith's Twitter account just moments after Wednesday's 118-113 loss to the Warriors: "Cavs in 7". How will the Cavaliers respond to that? Will the Cavaliers' players shoulders slump a little?

But that is what happened on June 7 at Quicken Loans Arena. I would not be surprised. Irving in particular played an awesome game around the hoop, finishing in the paint against countless Warriors defenders. Two trends have been well documented through this series.

The Cavs stormed out of the gate despite a 3-0 deficit in the series.

James wound up playing all but 2:23 of the game.

The truth is James is still a great talent - probably still the best player in the game even if he didn't finish among the top three in the MVP balloting this season.

Fans watch a pre-game concert as they wait to watch Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Broadway Street in Nashville Tenn. Monday

"That's what we always talk about, we all just want to have some fun but play disciplined", said Durant. "He needs a break, he'll let me know". We'll get him out, get him right back in. It was just: Hey, you guys are all basketball players, you all move, you all pass, you all shoot. "It's something we pride ourselves on, just our consistency this post-season and not getting down on ourselves, not feeling ourselves too much when we've been winning, but still staying hungry and on course".

For most of the night, and after three days' worth of discussion about how these NBA Finals were unofficially over, it was a reminder that LeBron James & Co. were the ones who pulled off the most improbable comeback in league history this time a year ago.

Love's 3-pointer at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter gave the Cavaliers their first second-half lead, but it is the only shot he hit all night. "It's on you", Green told Myers. That does not bode well. He has earned it.

The Warriors' shot at perfection came up short Friday as they lost 137-116 as the Cavaliers blitzed them behind incredible performances by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

"Obviously KD made some huge plays down the stretch", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. "Certainly a shot I had in the corner was one that I thought it was in".

Is that vindication for his much-maligned decision to join the Warriors?

"I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing".

He'll have at least one more chance to do that very thing on Friday.