NBA Finals Game 4 at Cavaliers

THE BASICS

Game 4 Tipoff: 6 p.m. Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. TV: ABC. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 “The Game” in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KUIC 95.3 in Solano County, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.

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SERIES RECAP

Game 1: Making his first NBA Finals appearance in five years, Kevin Durant proved he belonged on the big stage. He had 38 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and zero turnovers as the Warriors won 113-91. Durant scored 23 in the first half as Golden State took a 60-52 lead. In the third quarter, Stephen Curry picked up the offensive load, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 14 in the period. The Warriors took control with a 13-0 run to start the third, the final eight in that streak scored by Curry on a 17-foot jumper and two 3-pointers. After Cleveland closed within 80-68, Golden State went on a 10-0 run to make it 90-68 with 1:28 remaining in the quarter. Curry had 28 points, 10 assists and three steals.
Game 2: The Cavaliers kept it close for a half, but a dash of Curry helped the Warriors take control in the third quarter of a 132-113 victory. Curry had a great all-around quarter, making up for a shaky first half that was lowlighted by his team-high six turnovers. Entering the third, Curry had 15 points but got 10 of them from the free-throw line after shooting only 2 for 8 from the field and 1 for 6 from 3-point range. But coming out of halftime, Curry was on his game. He scored 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. He also had seven rebounds, five assists and only one turnover. That paved the way to Curry’s first postseason triple-double: 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Durant also had an impressive all-around game with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and five blocked shots. And Klay Thompson broke out of a long shooting slump with 22 points, and still delivered another stellar defensive performance. Steve Kerr made his return to the Warriors’ bench after missing the previous 11 games.
Game 3: The Warriors took a commanding 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 118-113 victory at Quicken Loans Arena, keeping their perfect postseason intact. Durant’s 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left gave Golden State the lead for good at 114-113. The Warriors’ Big Three of Durant (31), Thompson (30) and Curry (26) combined for 87 points. Cleveland got monster games from LeBron James (39 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) and Kyrie Irving (38 points), but it wasn’t enough.

REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE (if necessary)

Game 5: Monday, June 12 at Oracle Arena, 6 p.m. ABC
Game 6: Thursday, June 15 at Quicken Loans Arena, 6 p.m. ABC
Game 7: Sunday, June 18 at Oracle Arena, 5 p.m. ABC

HISTORY ON THE HORIZON

The Warriors are on the verge of completing the first perfect playoff run in NBA history. They would top the two one-loss teams in league history. The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers were 15-1, back when the first round was best-of-five. Their only loss was in Game 1 of the Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. The 1983 76ers were 12-1. As the top seed in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia had a bye into the conference semifinals, avoiding the first-round, best-of-three mini-series. The 76ers’ lone defeat was to Milwaukee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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