It’s not hard to see why there is so much anticipation for Cavs-Warriors III heading into Game 1 on Thursday night. But just how good have these two teams been over this three-season run of dominance?
Golden State is an absurd 27-1 in its last 28 games. The Jazz handed the Warriors their most recent loss on April 10 by final of 105-99 as Gordon Hayward (quad contusion) and Klay Thompson (rest) both sat. When you take a step back to see what the Warriors have done over the last three seasons, it’s simply mind-blowing.
That started in the first half, when Golden State knocked down 60 percent of its 3-pointers. Curry hit back-to-back 3s to close out a 10-0 run in the first quarter. Thompson knocked down a pair to end the half for a 67-61 lead. That impressed Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a career out of clutch 3-pointers in the NBA Finals with Chicago and San Antonio.
It was huge for us early in the game because we knew Cleveland was going to bring that force, Kerr said. We knew the crowd was going to be into it. KD and Klay hit early 3s, Steph hit a couple. I thought the 3-point shooting was critical just to keep our head above water while we were trying to get some traction in the game.
Elite Mens Markus Wheaton Jersey The Warriors weathered the 1-2 punch of James and Kyrie Irving, who scored 39 and 38 points, respectively, and helped Cleveland seize momentum for the first time in the series in the second half. They helped give the Cavs a five-point lead before a timeout at 6:30 in the fourth quarter.
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Durant then drilled a 28-footer to cut that lead to 104-102. Thompson did the same a few minutes later to keep that lead at one. Every time the Cavs threatened to pull away in the fourth quarter, Golden State made the big shot when it mattered in the clutch.
The moment never overwhelms any of us, especially K, Curry said. It was a lot of fun to watch when we were in those possessions, just the patience and composure that we had.