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NBA finals: Golden State Warriors on the brink of history

VICTORIOUS: Steph Curry on the court (photo credit: Getty)

THE 2017 NBA Finals continue tonight in Cleveland with what could be the final game of the series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors won Game 3 earlier this week and have become the 13th team in NBA Finals history to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Wednesday night’s win ran the Warriors’ record in the 2017 NBA Playoffs to a spotless 15-0, making them the first team in NBA Playoff history to win their first 15 games in a single postseason. The Warriors’ 15 straight Playoff wins are a postseason record in the four major professional team sports, breaking the mark of the NHL franchise Pittsburgh Penguins from 1992 and 1993 (14).

Ahead of Game 4, Warriors superstar and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry spoke about the prospect of becoming the first team to go unbeaten en route to a title:

“We obviously know how hard it is to win a championship, what all goes into it and how important each game is. And now that you can look ahead to Friday, all our focus is on that. And now we want 16 wins; it doesn't matter how we get there. But now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job. So we have to play better and think about what's next, and that's the goal in front of us, is winning that 16th game. Doesn't really matter what, how we got there.”

Curry’s offensive partner, eight-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, also spoke ahead of Game 4, urging his team to stay focused.


TEAM WORK: From left - Kevin Durant and Steph Curry (photo credit: Getty)

“It's not over. Job's not done,” said Durant.

“Closeout games are always the toughest. I’ve never been in this position being up in The Finals and trying to close it out. I know how exciting that's going to be for us as a team, but their fans are going to be into it. They're going to be wanting a win from their team. So it's an exciting time. The job's not done, and we still got a lot of work left to do.”

Now down 3-0 in the series, the Cavaliers have a mountain to climb to repeat last year’s historic feat. In fact, no team in NBA history has ever rebounded from an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.

NBA star LeBron James knows it is not going to be easy to turn the series around this time, “Obviously it's a dramatic situation to be in, but it is what it is and we got to get ready for Game 4.”

James, who earlier this postseason became the all-time leading career scorer in NBA Playoff history, concluded by commenting on the Warriors’ offensive potential:

“It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career. I played against some great teams, but I don't think any team has had this type of firepower. 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.”

Fans in the UK can follow the 2017 NBA Finals on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS at www.nba.tv

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