"We know they just faced this against Boston".
James finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He would finish with 13 rebounds and seven assists in what was one of his best performances in his short Warriors career.
Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. To end the first half, he made a 34-foot 3-pointer to trim the deficit to six after the Cavaliers held a 13-point advantage.
A no-brainer for which year we picked - it's when he buried one of the all-time greatest NBA Finals shots ever. And their domination doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon, so if they keep winning Golden State will have its place in history.
Iguodala has averaged 11.4 points in 18 past finals games - including a 20-point showing for Golden State in last year's title clincher against the Cavaliers. With the shot clock at five, Durant crossed over just as Draymond Green set a pick on Rodney Hood.
"Yeah, I actually said the wrong thing", Green said.
"It was nearly like I was cussing him out, but I was so happy", Green said. I don't want to take that for granted; don't get me wrong. Huge flames shot from the scoreboard. J.R. Smith's scoring dips slightly at home, Tristan Thompson isn't any noticeably better, and Jordan Clarkson remains a disappointment, shooting just 27 per cent at Quicken Loans Arena. "It's nothing really magical about what I do or how I've been playing".
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Pharaoh Brown went to high school in Lyndhurst, Ohio, a half an hour outside Cleveland, and just like many other kids at Brush High School, he grew up rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I had to watch as a receptionist did the "Steph-shimmy" while walking past my office after Game 1", said the Cavs flag bearer, who could offer no comeback. That's rare in the National Basketball Association because we're all professionals. We're all grown men. "He has never missed a playoff game". Since joining the Warriors, he had connected on only two 3s from 30-plus feet and had never done it a couple of times in game throughout his career. He was a big defensive difference for on LeBron James. "He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin".
Curry shot just 3 for 16 but he made a layup with the Warriors down one and followed with his only 3-pointer of the game for a four-point lead with a little more than 2 ½ minutes remaining.
"Different game, different season".
"I mean, when you're down like this, in a deficit like this versus a team like this, there's no good feeling", James continued.
Golden State will get their first chance to close out the series on Friday in Cleveland.
And while it's not necessarily the overriding narrative with Cleveland still technically alive, the impact of the Durant-Curry combo on James' future has to be discussed.