NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers end Golden State Warriors’ run to keep series alive
The Cleveland Cavaliers staved off NBA Finals elimination and ended Golden State’s shot at an unprecedented perfect run through the playoffs with a gritty 137-116 win over the Warriors on Friday.
Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 40 points and LeBron James chipped in with 31 as the defending champions pulled to within 3-1 and forced the best-of-seven series back to Oakland.
“We finally settled in, man, it was about damn time, for all of us just to really see what playing well as a group looks like against a great team like the Warriors,” said Irving.
“We understand who they have on their team and what they’re about and how established they are, but I think that in those three losses we lost track of who we were at the time. We’re still a special team as well. We are here for a reason.”
The Cavaliers, who beat the Warriors in a decisive seventh game last year after trailing 3-1, are now trying to become the first NBA team to rally back from a 3-0 series deficit.
The feat has only been accomplished four times in the National Hockey League and once in Major League Baseball.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors with 35 …read more