Facing a 3-0 deficit on their home floor, the Cavaliers came out determined to avoid the sweep and extend the series. They put forth a scintillating first quarter, with a 49-point onslaught (an NBA playoff record) from which the Warriors could never really recover.
“We slowed the game down within the realms of the way we were playing,” Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said. “But it was still high tempo. We got to the free-throw line, we got in the bonus early, and then we got some easy free throws and some easy ones. And then you include that with our pace, it was hard for them to keep up with us tonight. It’s the first time all series, but we just kept attacking, kept attacking and understood that they were never going to quit.”
For the first time in this series, the Cavaliers got balance from their lineup. In each of the previous games, at least one starter had been held scoreless. But here, the Cavaliers made 24 3-pointers. Irving was unstoppable, with 40 points on 15-for-27 shooting, and LeBron James notched another triple-double (31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists), passing Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles all Cheap Bike Jerseys time in the NBA Finals.
Ballard stuck to the familiar “defense wins championships” adage in his first Cheap Barcelona Jerseys year on the job, leaving a clear blueprint for the future. Should his acquisitions pay off, the Colts can be expected to invest big on their offense next offseason. This makes sense; Andrew Luck is only 27 and under contract for four more seasons after 2017, so playmakers can wait. Meanwhile, the team’s upcoming schedule includes several opponents with lackluster offenses that can be ground down by the team’s latest additions.