The Golden State Warriors are poised to make history Friday as the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated in the playoffs, and they will because they just have too much fire power. 118-113 loss to the Golden State Warriors to fall down 3-0 in the NBA Finals, James said the Warriors possess "probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career".
The Cavaliers will play for their post-season hopes on Saturday (AEST), when they face the Warriors in game four of the finals.
Unlike the first two games of the series, the Cavs stayed competitive through most of Wednesday's Game 4 until the Warriors went on a late 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.
A J.R. Smith three-pointer put the Cavs up 113-107 with just over three minutes to play - and suddenly it all fell apart.
For Cleveland, James came close to his second consecutive triple-double with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. They have thus far swept away the Portland Trailblazers, the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs in the first three rounds of the playoffs, winning the first four games in each best-of-seven series. Irving had 38 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
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The top-seeded and undefeated Warriors, who can close out a ideal postseason run on Friday, boast a slew of weapons, most notably two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry and four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant.
Throughout the second half Wednesday night, Cleveland had hope. The Warriors are looking to become the first team ever to go undefeated in a single playoffs and can wrap up a 16-0 run with a win Friday in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
"Obviously K.D. made some huge plays down the stretch". I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted. "You win a championship, then you lose one in heartbreaking fashion, you've pretty much seen everything at that point".
While the Warriors have made it look easy through most of the postseason, Game 3 served as a reminder that this team is capable of overcoming adversity, too. "I played against some great teams but I don't think no team has had this kind of firepower".
Wednesday night marked the first time the Cavs lost when both LeBron and Irving scored at least 30 points.