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Warriors take stranglehold on Finals

Warriors take stranglehold on Finals

"We just try to do whatever it takes to get the W", Durant said.

In defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-103, the Warriors looked much more like the team that entered the Finals as the overwhelming favorite to clinch its third title in four years. Curry scored on a lay-up, then hit his only three-pointer of the night (after missing his first nine), followed by another three-pointer from Durant to put Golden State up 106-100 with 49 seconds remaining. "And there are lots of games in between", he said. But I think having guys that get so excited about a good play, a good block or a good rotation or a good shot or dagger shot.

Despite a triple-double, LeBron James was not the best player on his home floor, in his home state Wednesday. But it first happened a few years ago when he ripped away the Cavs' chances at multiple titles during the LeBron 2.0 era.

The King went for 51 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the opener, and it wasn't enough.

Curry and his fellow Splash Bro, Klay Thompson, are now tied for the most three-pointers made in a single postseason at 98, a record that will likely stand for a very long time (unless one of the two breaks it themselves).

The record is just among the whole list of feats that James has achieved not just in the NBA Finals, but in the entire playoffs as well. Meanwhile, Draymond Green logged 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two rebounds.

But unlike Durant, Smith and Love didn't keep it going. He notched 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - nearly from the same spot from where he hit one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.

Then in the second quarter it was The Rodney Hood Show. Let's look into the numbers and see why another loss should not impact the King's quest to becoming the greatest National Basketball Association player of all time. If they couldn't win on this night, it's hard to find any hope.

While Golden State probably loses its second-team scoring advantage (25-22 per game so far), its starters will make up the difference. He made 7-of-11 field goal attempts.

LeBron James' pass to himself off the backboard for a slam dunk was the early highlight as Cleveland raced to a 16-4 lead and are up 22-14 in the first quarter. According to Haynes, Iguodala sprinted full speed without pain, one of the prerequisites for head coach Steve Kerr to consider putting him on the court during the NBA Finals.

For the first time in the NBA Finals, the Warriors had their Hamptons Five (nee "death lineup") at their disposal, as Andre Iguodala returned to action for the first time since the Western Conference finals.

And here is the 2017 move, which was also in Cleveland.