Can Cavs Make History? They Just Took Step One
LeBron James and Cleveland now trail Golden State 3-1 in finals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2017 3:00 AM CDT
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James points to fans during Friday's game.   (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

(Newser) – The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families, or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party. "Cavs in 7! Cavs in 7!" Cleveland fans chanted as they walked toward the exits. Yes, the NBA Finals are right where they were last year and could still end with the same result. But it seems like an even more improbable task than it did last year, per the AP. The Cavaliers and Warriors, who have tangled for three consecutive Junes, headed back to the West Coast on Saturday after Cleveland's record-setting 137-116 victory Friday night. Golden State is now up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. In Friday's game, LeBron James finished with 31 points, 11 assists, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 40 points. Cleveland made 24 3-pointers. (Game roundup here.)

Irving said he was aware the Warriors wanted to finish a 16-0 romp through the postseason and celebrate a title on the Cavs' court, just as they did in 2015. But Draymond Green said Golden State is eager to end this one back in the Bay. "We have a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close this thing out." They couldn't do it in this same situation last year. Golden State brought a 3-1 lead back west but then took the floor without Green, who was suspended for accumulation of flagrant foul points, and couldn't stop James or Irving. The Cavaliers won that game to start what became the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history. Now they need the biggest ever in the NBA's postseason. No team has erased a 3-0 deficit in any series.

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