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Early odds favor the Warriors over the Cavs in NBA Finals

Early odds favor the Warriors over the Cavs in NBA Finals

However, if a charge call against Kevin Durant with 36 seconds left in the fourth wasn't overturned after replay review, the Cavs would have had the ball, up two, with Cleveland and LeBron James in the driver's seat.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. "When you walk off the court with a win and get this fancy hat, it's a good feeling", Curry said.

James shot 19 for 32 to go with eight assists and eight rebounds in the opener of his eighth straight NBA Finals and ninth overall, as well as Cavs-Warriors Take IV.

"We got to move on", James said. Hopefully, the haters will get off Smith's back after this. "I would have looked for LeBron, too". It's not like we're not the best friends, and I don't think you should be best friends with a player and an owner shouldn't be best friends unless I'm your father and that's my son, and, OK, cool we could be great then. Any time you get to the finals you're playing for a championship and that's motivation in itself.

"We obviously know what LeBron's capable of", Curry said shortly after the Warriors' Game 7 win at Houston ended.

"He thought we were up one", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of Smith after the game. He's just the sixth player to score 50 or more in the Finals, but the first one in a loss. It was determined he was out of the restricted area but was not in legal guarding position prior to Durant's separate shooting motion. The call had initially been a charge on 2017 Finals MVP Durant and James protested the change. Coach Steve Kerr has said Iguodala wouldn't play until he can run without pain. "Just reminds me a lot of guys I played with back in the day when you see Horace Grant, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, just something about winning a championship with those guys that you will never forget, and it's a bond that can't be broken". "I [had] seen the play happening".

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More concerning for the Warriors on Thursday was their crunch time defense, or lack thereof.

"I mean, who knows if JR would have made the lay-up anyway, so it was tough", Lue said. It's a huge play.

"Durant's points per game average is a little higher and Curry hasn't played that well in any of [Golden State's] three previous Finals", Westgate SuperBook oddsmaker John Murray told ESPN.

The NBA Finals are now as much a part of James' calendar each year as birthdays and holidays. We just came up short.

"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right". But, LeBron James is the best player in National Basketball Association history.