Warriors set to make their claim as NBA's best ever

Game 4 on Friday is a chance not only to win it all, but to become the first team in league history to go 16-0 in the playoffs.

Over the final three minutes and eight seconds of the game, Cleveland did not score. Thirty-nine points, 11 rebounds and nine assists - but in a losing effort.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, on the other side of the official, argue during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

This Golden State team is really, really, really good - all-time-great good. He's averaging a point per minute, seven rebounds and 5.7 assists.

"Oh, I mean, it's part of the rules", he said when asked if the Warriors acquiring Durant was good for the league or even, well, fair.

Curry has been unfairly excoriated for his Finals performance in the past, but that won't be the case this time around assuming Golden State finishes this thing off with little trouble.

"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".

Durant scored seven points in the 11-0 run at the end, leaving the Cavs stunned and the Warriors one win away from recapturing the crown.

Kevin Durant with arms and legs and jaw-dropping talents that go from here to there slashing through the lane for hammer of Thor dunks or pulling up at just the game-in-the-balance moment to stab home the killer 3 in transition. Now, they have to sweep the remainder of the series to retain the title. But when we write the story of this Wizards' era, let's make sure we distinguish that going after Kevin Durant wasn't the problem, it's that they went about it the wrong way.

"Well it's not over", Durant, an early favorite for Finals MVP, said after his third straight game of at least 31 points. Durant then came down and made his go-ahead 3. James can't play for 48 minutes.

Meanwhile, Irving, going up against Klay Thompson - who played near impeccable defense all night - was dribbling the ball into the ground and putting up ill-conceived shots on no-pass possessions. More importantly for the purposes of today's National Basketball Association, there's no team even remotely close when it comes to the combination of star power and championship chemistry. Both teams felt the pain of losing big leads previous year. "So his only thought in every situation is, "How can I make these guys better?".

"I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of", Curry said.

You can hardly second guess him given the effort he got from his team.

Golden State has yet to lose a game in this season's playoffs. After they gave up a 3-1 lead in last year's NBA Finals, the Warriors said their only focus was getting to four wins.

Thompson and Curry sank back-to-back 3-pointers late in the second quarter to boost the Warriors lead, but Irving's inside bank shot pulled Cleveland within 67-61 at half-time.

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