Warriors One Win Away From Capturing NBA Title

And while no National Basketball Association team has come back from such a deficit, it seemed that the Cleveland guard was making a bold forecast before quickly retracting the prediction. Now the Warriors can break a new record and become the first National Basketball Association team to go 16-0 in the postseason.

Even if it led to a Durant rebound, after which he dribbled up court and, with James set to challenge, drilled a 3-pointer that gave the Warriors their first lead of the quarter and sent a hush through Quicken Loans Arena. The East will come down to the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles with one of them winning the division and the other two qualifying as wild cards.

How would they handle a tight end-of-game situation?

Perhaps the best way to appreciate what the Warriors have done through the first three games of the series is to look not at the gaudy statistics they've put up, but at what the Cavs have done while losing. When the Warriors stormed back with 11 straight points, they ripped out the Cavs' still-beating heart. Coach Lue will have to work that delicate balance again on Friday night.

One day after Cleveland plunged into a 3-0 hole following a demoralizing 118-113 loss in Game 3, James said he didn't have a problem with Durant tilting the balance of power by joining forces with a star-studded that already had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The Cavaliers aren't out of time in these Finals, but the clock is definitely ticking. Smith may not have sent out that tweet, but he agree with what it said. J.R. Smith scored 16 points and made 5 3-pointers. Maybe the Warriors, the victors, not only get the spoils, but also the embellished characteristics that come with it.

Well, there he was Wednesday night, rising up and taking down the defending champs. He was huge in the late minutes of Wednesday's Game 3 as the Warriors scored the final 11 points to steal Cleveland's last real chance to get back in the series.

Cavaliers: James (1,175) passed Sam Jones (1,143), Bill Russell (1,151) and Elgin Baylor (1,161) to move into fourth place on the NBA Finals scoring list.

James, who collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of team-mate Tristan Thompson in the first quarter, led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while the impressive Kyrie Irving added 38. When it's not his gravity that's breaking opponents, it's the way he grabs a defensive rebound and relentlessly pushes the pace. "This has been the best team in our league the last three years". The two-time MVP is enough of a headache on the perimeter; having to mind him in the paint has been an order the Cavaliers haven't been up to so far. But that was when they were down 3-1 in the series.

Only Jerry West (1,679 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317) stand between the three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and the top spot. Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State (2,133 yards, 17 touchdowns), Brian Hill of Wyoming (1,860, 22), Nevada's James Butler (1,336,12), Boise State's Jeremy McNichols (1,709, 23), New Mexico State's Teriyon Gipson (1,269, 13) and New Mexico's Tyrone Owens (1,097, 7) all had big years. Three losses later, the Cavs now find themselves one away from their second defeat in The Finals in the last three postseasons. "There is another level", Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala said. JeVale McGee has been solid in spurts and David West is still a physical presence in the low-block.