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NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

Yes, that would've meant uncorking a champagne bottle or two inside The Q.

It was a heated Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, but it turned comical for a bit due to a refereeing confusion.

"We just kept our composure", James said.

The Cavaliers, who past year made an unprecedented rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat the Warriors, were physical right from the opening tip in what was easily the most emotionally-charged game of the series. Remember, the Warriors - for all their dominance this spring - were down 25 points to San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and came back to win only after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of the series with a sprained ankle. Zero and 126 is the record. Despite a shot at history there, the Warriors claim to not have concerned themselves with that. The Cavs also managed to get out on the break more, challenging the Warriors' defense before it could set. The Cavaliers scored 49 points in the first quarter alone, the most in a quarter in NBA Finals history. "So I just told guys, I didn't stress anything besides just live in the moment".

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 35 points.

James continued his brilliant, unprecedented triple-double performance in the Finals - registering his in eight Finals appearances tying a record held by Magic Johnson. Kevin Love pumped in 23 points. J.R. Smith, 15. Cleveland also set the record for most three-point shots made in an NBA Finals game with 24. Against the vaunted Warriors. The Cavs with their backs against the wall chose to hit them in the mouth directly. "And I said, 'Well, it's right here on the sheet that it was on Draymond, ' and our scorers people said the same thing", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.

"There have been times throughout my career where I played teams that were just in the midst of something that can last for a long time. I mean, if you have the opportunity to do that", he said. They yelled for taking my call my power that matter apprised saved were like man out concentrate too much on being new being agreed. I'm stressed out. Keep doing this every year. We got another opportunity on Monday. The NBA has almost doubled its salary cap over the past several seasons, and this is the first year of a $24 billion television deal. We're battle tested, they're battle tested. "I don't want to be in that situation where you're having to argue that".

In the final frame, when Golden State had cut the lead to 11 points, Irving pulled up for a leaning 3-pointer over David West off a pick-and-roll, swishing it and completely killing the Warriors' momentum. In contrast, 6-foot-3 Stephen Curry had 13 rebounds, and is averaging almost 10 for the series.

"I can't foresee them coming to Oracle and hitting 24 3s", Draymond Green said.

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It would have been understandable if James had been dour given that his hopes to win a fourth title and second straight with Cleveland evaporated in the closing minutes of Game 3. We continued to push. So it's being in this position right now, obviously it's working, and we have to keep that keyhole mentality of, what's next? A couple of shots drop, maybe the game turns.

"It would be very satisfying to do that". We're more talented with KD obviously. "As an athlete, one of the best feelings is going into an opponent's and enemy territory and just silencing their crowd". When Lue tried to buy James 30 seconds of rest at the end of the third quarter, the Warriors added two more points. It would be a fitting ending to what has been a remarkable season, and the culmination of everything this team was supposed to be from the moment Kevin Durant chose to join the core of a roster that had already won 73 regular season games a season ago last July.

Richard Jefferson said the Curry celebration didn't bother the Cavs, either.

After the game, Irving - who led the scoring with 40 points - said the game was "do or die; we understand that". "We knew what we were faced with (being down 3-0)". But then you add, of course, some chatter out there and that adds some extra motivation. "We were ready to come out, especially me because that taste wouldn't have been the same tonight if we would have lost on our home floor". I think you just talk but don't misunderstand that was talked about his personal numbers and that's OK I think about he knows ultimately. Jordan's first title team in 1991 is one of three squads that went 15-2.

When Cleveland's locker room opened after the game, trainer Mike Mancias was stretching James over a medicine ball.

We pause here for Warriors' fans to put on their Edvard Munch "The Scream" faces, as the collective memory is exhumed of last year's Warriors' meltdown, when they had a 3-1 series lead over LeBron James and his fellas, heading into a Game 5 in Oakland.

"We're in the finals". They're related, and in Game 5 the Warriors will need to fix more than one to secure a championship.

The 2007 Big 12 player of the year was a can't-miss prospect, and we all suspected he was going to be a great National Basketball Association player even before he played a single game at Texas.


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