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ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California Attendance: 19,596
Warriors aim to finish off Cavaliers in Game 5
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
- The Cavaliers staved off elimination with a 137-116 win over the Warriors in Game 4. Cleveland set Finals records with 49 points in the first quarter, 86 points in the first half, and 24 three-pointers made for the game. The 137 points scored in total were the most in a Finals game since the Lakers put up 141 in Game 2 of the 1987 Finals.
- The Warriors suffered their first defeat since April 10, falling to 15-1 overall in this year's postseason with the Game 4 loss. Golden State shot just 28.2 percent (11/39) from behind the three-point line on Friday night, its second-worst three-point percentage in this postseason behind a 24.1-percent showing in Game 1 of the West Semis against Utah.
- LeBron James collected his second triple-double of the series with 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in the Game 4 win. It was James' ninth career triple-double in the NBA Finals, just five fewer than the rest of the NBA combined since 1984-85.
- Kevin Durant has led the Warriors in scoring in all four games of the series, finishing with 35 points in the Game 4 loss. Dating back to Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Durant has scored at least 30 points in each of his last five NBA Finals games, the longest such streak since Shaquille O'Neal's five-game run from Game 1 of the 2002 Finals to Game 1 of the 2004 Finals.
- After averaging 21.5 points on 40.0 percent shooting from the field through the first two games of the series, Kyrie Irving has averaged 39.0 points on 55.4 percent shooting over the last two games. Cleveland is now 3-0 over the last two postseasons when Irving goes for 40+ points.
- Draymond Green recorded his first double-double of the series with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in Friday's loss at Cleveland. Green now has 29 career playoff double-doubles, tied with Russell Westbrook for second most in the NBA since Green's rookie season of 2012-13 (LeBron James leads with 48).
- 76ers take Fultz with No. 1 overall pick
- Lakers grab Ball with No. 2 selection
- Bulls trade All-Star Butler to Wolves
- Celtics pick Duke F Tatum at No. 3
- Suns nab Kansas F Jackson with 4th pick
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors find themselves in the same situation as last year as they prepare to tip off Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night.
The Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series to stun the defending champs in 2016, using a 112-97 win in Game 5 in Oakland as a catalyst.
The Cavs will be riding the momentum of a hot-shooting, 137-116 triumph in Game 4 at Cleveland on Friday when they attempt to complete another Finals comeback, this one from a 3-0 series hole. Golden State still holds a 3-1 series edge.
Cleveland burned the Warriors on 24-of-45 shooting from 3-point range on Friday. The Cavaliers outscored Golden State 72-33 from beyond the arc.
That was in stark contrast to the long-range dominance the Warriors had established in the first three games, when Golden State outscored Cleveland 138-93 on threes.
The team that has made more 3-pointers has won each of the first four games.
"This is who we are," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said in the wake of the Game 4 win. "No hanging heads. No one down."
The Warriors dominated their two previous home games in the series, winning 113-91 and 132-113.
It was the first time in NBA Finals history that one team opened with consecutive wins by 19 or more points.
But like last year, when they not only lost Game 5 at home but also the winner-take-all Game 7, the Warriors promise to take the court Monday night taking nothing for granted.
"We'll just come and play our game, continue to build on what we've been doing since Day 1 of training camp," said Warriors star Kevin Durant, attempting to brush all distractions aside. "(We're) looking forward to going out there and having some fun (Monday). That's the only thing that matters."
Warriors fans are hoping to share in the fun. No San Francisco Bay Area professional team has won a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics captured the 1974 World Series title next door to Oracle Arena, where Monday's potential series-ender will be contested.
The Warriors captured the 2015 title in Cleveland with a 105-97 victory in Game 6.
The Cavaliers turned the tables in front of the Golden State fans in Game 7 last year, winning the decider 93-89.
While much of the attention in the "three-match" has been on Durant and Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, it was Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving who was the difference-maker last season, drilling a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute.
Irving also was the driving force in keeping the Cavaliers alive on Friday, burying seven 3-pointers to account for a majority of his game-high 40 points.
Irving (7 of 12), Kevin Love (6 of 8) and J.R. Smith (5 of 9) were all hot from 3-point range in the stunning turnaround.
Meanwhile, Durant (2 of 9) and Stephen Curry (2 of 9) struggled for Golden State at the other end.
Game 6, if necessary, would be played Thursday in Cleveland, with the series potentially returning to Oakland for a second consecutive Game 7 on Sunday.
Updated June 12, 2017
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