Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Comeback Cavs end Warriors flawless postseason in Game 4

But Warriors stars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant aren't the only ones pumped to be just one win from the title.

The Golden State Warriors move one step closer to reclaiming the NBA crown after turning back the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Thursday in Manila.

But that wasn't the way he looked at it. Durant wasn't thinking about lifting trophies or being fitted for championship rings.

A win would have not only crowned the Warriors as champs but also cemented their place in history as the first team to have a 16-0 postseason.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were swept out of the Finals 10 years ago this month.

Seven Finals and three championships later, James is facing the same fate.

"I don't think there was any concern or thoughts about history", Kerr said. "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better". They won a championship, and previous year it was the greatest regular-season team we had played, probably one of the best postseason teams that everybody's ever seen as well, but we were just able to overcome that. The Warriors' embarrassment of talent cost them a chance at perfection by playing far from flawless. Durant's late-game destruction turned thinkpieces about the Cavs' chances to win the series to a likely sweep on Friday.

Coach Steve Kerr said his players aren't anxious about the past. A couple early fouls took him out of the game mentally.

"You get down 3-0 and you're fighting and you're trying to get a win, you do whatever it takes", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "The other stuff doesn't really matter".

What would this series have looked like through the first three games if the Cavaliers had shot the ball from 3-point range the way they had all season?

The Warriors beat Cleveland in Games 1 and 2 in Oakland. No one else has more than two. "We understand who they have on their team and what they're about and how established they are, but I think in those three losses we lost track of who we were. That's exactly what happened throughout the season", Durant said. "We're battle tested, they're battle tested. Blessed to be able to know I'll be playing at least in the National Basketball Association for four years and see where it goes from there.' But I literally told myself in that hotel room that day, knowing what the max was, I think at the time was probably, 56 or 58 [million], somewhere in there - I think Eric Gordon and guys like that were getting that money - I was, 'You can't think 20-20 hindsight, go back and worry about what other guys are making'".

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith claimed his Twitter account was hacked after the phrase "Cavs in 7" was sent out over social media shortly after his team was pushed to the brink of elimination in the NBA Finals.

Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his 3 - a shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors. "We ain't going back, '" James said.

"Even when you're playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they have guys that are going to make plays", he said.

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