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Golden State at Cleveland
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, June 8, 2018
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

The Golden State Warriors aim to finish off a four-game sweep of Cleveland when they visit the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals on Friday. Golden State is striving to win its third title in four seasons as well as become the first team to sweep the best-of-7 finals since the San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Cavaliers in four games in 2007.

The Cavaliers are the 14th team to fall behind 0-3 in the NBA Finals - the other 13 lost the series - and insist they aren't going to roll over. "We're going to keep fighting," Cleveland center Tristan Thompson told reporters. "It's the first team to four wins, right? We're on our home floor. For ourselves and for our fans, we've got to go out there and give everything we've got." The Warriors rode Kevin Durant's 43-point outing to Wednesday's 110-102 win in Game 3 and don't plan to let up on the pedal after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers two years ago. "You never know, crazy things that can happen, turn of events in a series that could take place," Golden State forward Draymond Green told reporters. "So you have the opportunity to close out, you want to do that. So you come in, take full advantage of the opportunity in front of us."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ABC

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Durant reiterated Thursday that he will return to Golden State next season - the apparent plan is to opt-out of his current two-year, $51 million deal and sign a richer one. He said there is a different feeling with the team in its second NBA Finals with him on the roster. "It's just a different vibe because we've been through a season with each other already as champions, going through a whole season," Durant said at a press conference on Thursday. "So we know exactly what we need to do in order for us to win. We wanted to do that, focus on that as much as possible. The emotions, and all that stuff, doesn't really matter."

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: LeBron James could be playing his final game for Cleveland before entering free agency and he said Thursday that he was against veteran Dwyane Wade being traded when the club shuffled its roster at the trading deadline. James ran down the Golden State roster and mentioned all the stars and their exploits before sliding in a mention that his squad also has some talented players. "We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this three-game series so far, and we haven't come up with it," James said in a press conference. "Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you're looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they're stacked better than us."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors PG Stephen Curry had 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting in Game 3 after scoring 33 points and making an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in Game 2.

2. Cleveland swingman Kyle Korver is averaging 1.3 points on 1-of-10 shooting in the series.

3. Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala (left knee) scored eight points in 22 minutes in Game 3 in his first action of the series.

PREDICTION: Cavaliers 110, Warriors 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 73-29 W5 39-13 34-16 13-6 60-23 13-3 46-23
Cleveland 62-41 L3 37-14 25-27 3-7 59-34 15-8 47-23
Last Meeting
Golden State Cleveland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
6/6/18 GS 110 CLE 102 110 37 51.9 102 47 43.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 43 65.2 7
Cleveland L. James 33 46.4 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State K. Durant 13 1 12
Cleveland K. Love 13 5 8
Assists Player  
Golden State D. Green 9
Cleveland L. James 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 2432 50.9 496
Cleveland L. James 2993 54.2 538
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State D. Green 771 117 654
Cleveland L. James 907 127 780
Assists Player  
Golden State D. Green 685
Cleveland L. James 940
Quickchart Matchup
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Cleveland Cleveland Defense
Golden State Off vs Cleveland - Points For 112.9 Points For
Golden State Off vs Cleveland - Points Against 108.4 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.8 FG%
Cleveland - FG% 47.3 FG%
Golden State - Reb 43.8 Reb
Cleveland - Reb 42.9 Reb
Cleveland Cleveland Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Cleveland Off vs Golden State - Points For 109.0 Points For
Cleveland Off vs Golden State - Points Against 106.3 Points Against
Cleveland - FG% 47.2 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.3 FG%
Cleveland - Reb 42.0 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.6 Reb