Fueled by pride, defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers send The Finals back to Oakland

It wasn’t just the Cavs throwing their collective weight around and putting on their bully face. More concerning to the Warriors is how the Cavs finally showed what they’re capable of doing when their shots fall. Is this what the Warriors must deal with Monday in Game 5, and can that inject some suspense in an NBA Finals which, at 3-1, still looks like a runaway?

“When we’re making shots and playing with pace, we’re tough to beat,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “This is who we are. We’re a tough, resilient team. Guys were into it. We knew (the Warriors) were beatable, we knew we could play better, and this is the result you get when we’re at our best. You get down 3-0 and you’re fighting, you’ll do whatever it takes.”

With lots of energy and the right amount of sneer, the Cavs rolled up 137 points on perhaps the league’s best defensive team. This was fortified by 49 points in the first quarter and 86 in the first half, both Finals records. Their attacking approach led to a dozen free throw attempts in the first quarter alone. The 3-point shot, a precious weapon all season yet dormant for much of The Finals, returned with a vengeance; the Cavs set another Finals record with 24 makes in 45 attempts. For

Article source: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/06/10/cavaliers-use-pride-fuel-send-finals-back-oakland/

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