And the Warriors made history but got burned previous year, when they won a record 73 regular-season games and took a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the finals only to lose after the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.
No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State previous year. The OVER is 7-1 in Golden State's last eight games. Three of their best players were already drafted, so they were able to hold on to them because they own the Bird rights, if everybody knows the [collective bargaining agreement]. Barring something drastic, they will likely continue to be the favorite for many years to come.
The Warriors had trailed the defending champions for much of the second half but used a late surge to secure a 15th straight win, the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports. 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.
"I've got to go home, get my mind focused and get my body focused for game four and we take it one possession at a time".More news: NEET 2017: Framed Gujarati question paper to avoid paper leak, says CBSE
Cleveland had looked like they might prevail when they were ahead by six points with three minutes to play but Kevin Durant led the Warriors on an impressive 11-0 run to close out the game.
And although he's on the cusp of being swept in the Finals - for the second time - by a team unequalled in today's game, James isn't envious of the Warriors for building a super power in sneakers.
After struggling through Games 1 and 2, Irving knocked down 16 of his 29 looks from the field despite missing all seven of his three-point tries on the way to the 38 points. "We missed some shots, and they made some". "So 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 got guys that's going to make plays".
"They played a really good game as well, but they made shots down the stretch. Got to get a stop".More news: Xbox Exclusive: Microsoft unveils Forza Motorsport 7, shipping on October 3
Irving felt it as well.
He said himself in the post-game media room: "I gave everything I had to give".
"We knew how good he was, but just how clutch he's been, how many big shots he's hit for us", Warriors' coach Steve Kerr said of what has impressed him about Durant this series. James dropped to the floor and a hush fell over Cleveland's crowd as the three-time champ laid in the foul lane. "I mean, who am I to say if it's fair or not?" Great players, they always dig deep and have their will to win.
Thomas said that Durant is a uniquely talented player, the likes of which don't come around often in the National Basketball Association.More news: Friends: Man 'charged' at terrorists to protect others in London Bridge attack