The Golden State Warriors face what could be the greatest NBA Finals upset loss of all time when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7, a game that will live stream with the Warriors, who staged a historic comeback in the Western Conference Finals to defeat the Oklahma City Thunder after falling behind 3-1, now stand on the verge of blowing a 3-1 lead of their own.
UPDATE 6/19/2016: Lebron James recorded a triple double in Game Seven of the NBA Finals to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Golden State Warriors and to their first National Basketball Association championship — the first championship in any major sport for a Cleveland team since 1964.
Scroll down this page to watch highlights of the historic Cleveland victory over Golden State. The Cleveland Browns won the National Football League title in 1964.
James played 47 of the 48 minutes at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Sunday night, pouring in 27 points with 11 assists and 11 rebounds, along with a trio of blocked shots, as Cleveland edged Golden State, the team that set the all-time NBA record for wins in a single season with 73, by a score of 93-89.
But was the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, who scored 26 points, who drained the biggest shot of the came, sinking a three-pointer and breaking an 89-89 deadlock with just 50 seconds on the clock. From there, Cleveland held on to become the first team in the history of the NBA to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.
“Cleveland, this is for you!” James declared in a post-game interview.
Watch highlights in the video below.
The Warriors win over Oklahoma City was only the 10th time in NBA history that a team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game playoff series — out of 233 previous teams who faced that deficit.
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But if Golden State loses to Lebron James and Cleveland on Sunday night in Oakland, they would become the first team ever to squander a 3-1 lead in a Finals series. But that’s not the only reason a loss for the Warriors would be a disaster of historic proportions.
During the regular season, the Golden State, led by back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry, set a league record with 73 regular season wins — against only nine losses, leading many NBA experts to declare them the greatest team of all time. If the Warriors lose to the Cavaliers Sunday night, they would equal their nine-loss total, while playing 24 playoff games this season.
But the Warriors 50-year-old Coach Steve Kerr said that no “legacies” are on the line in the monumental game, except in terms of how each team and its players are perceived by the media.
“In terms of people that matter — your family members, your friends, your teammates, the people in the organization — nobody’s reputation is at stake,” Kerr said. “We’re trying to win a game, and it doesn’t change anything about anybody on either team, win or lose. It changes the narrative for the media, and that’s the deal.”
Watch a preview of the Golden State Warriors historic Game 7 against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, from the experts at NBA TV in the video below.
Also, relive highlights from the Cavaliers decisive thumping of the Warriors in Game 6, when Cleveland won by 14 points despite facing elimination for the second straight game, in the video below.
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Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific Time, 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, June 19, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
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The Warriors head into Game 7 of the NBA Finals with their health in doubt. Not only is their best player, Curry, forced to heavily tape his banged-up knee, Golden State will also miss center Andrew Bogut, and possibly small forward Andre Iguodala as well.
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