Greatest Ever? Warriors Beat Cavaliers to Move One Win From Perfection

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After a crushing loss, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James spoke about the Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant last offseason.

The Warriors had swept their first three series and were 48 minutes away from a party they've been planning for a year.

Draymond Green's mom got into it with a group of fans in Cleveland during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, and her son says the Cavs faithful are "just rude". In Game 3, Thompson finished with no points and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Cleveland took Game 3 at home, lost Game 4 and then won the final three - Game 7 in Oakland - to capture the city's first sports championship since 1964. Plus, the Warrior role players won't play as well on the road in Cleveland, giving the struggling Cavalier bench a chance to contribute. "It's a long season and you'd hate for it to end this way", LeBron said. The Celtics have always matched up better with Golden State than with Cleveland.

"Just the combination of offense and defense, the talent that they've been able to amass, it puts them in position where this is a dynasty to me", ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said before the NBA Finals. I don't care. It's great for our league.

After trying their best to run with Golden State through Games 1 and 2, the Cavaliers again tried to push the tempo at the beginning of Game 3, and they went into the break down 67-61. "Why not? If I become an owner, I'm going to try to sign everybody" (see full story).

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James, who is averaging a triple-double in the 2017 Finals (32 points, 12.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists), and the Cavs edged the Warriors in Game 7 previous year after falling behind 3-1, becoming the first team to ever overcome such a deficit in the Finals.

Himself a former part of a super squad with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, James now faces a tough task against the new Warriors dynamic duo of MVPs in Durant and Curry. When they met last summer in NY to discuss the biggest decision of his career, neither side even focused on winning titles.

Toying with other teams, Golden State has turned the National Basketball Association postseason into its personal playground, storming to a record 15 straight wins and moving within a victory on Friday night in Game 4 of another title and into the conversation of the best teams ever. Their situations are different - James never joined a team as strong as these Warriors - but he said he's proud of Durant's success and understands why moving to a team like the Warriors was so attractive. They were lucky and smart enough to pull it off, more power to them.

"I think we're better from our experiences", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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