Warriors clinging to 98-93 lead heading into 4th

The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to force a Game 6 back at Quicken Loans Arena, while the Golden State Warriors can wrap up their second National Basketball Association title in the last 3 years with a victory.

With fans and pundits questioning the motivations behind his move last summer, Durant had simply said he came to an already star-studded Warriors lineup to win championships.

But it was Durant, who left Oklahoma City for Oakland at the end of last season, who carried the team. It's the first championship won by a Bay Area team in their home arena, since the 1974 Oakland Athletics won the World Series.

From there, the Warriors defense stiffened and the Cavaliers congratulated the Warriors as the finals seconds ticked off the clock and the crowd went wild.

J.R. Smith hit another 3-pointer and LeBron James scored on a hard putback to help Cleveland cut a deficit that was 17 in the second quarter to eight, 86-77, with five minutes to play in the third quarter. Yet, if you can turn them into drivers rather than spot-up shooters half the battle is won. With the Cavs all floating his way, Durant fired a crosscourt pass to Andre Iguodala for a three-pointer that pushed the lead to eight.

But each time, the Warriors recovered - led by Durant's clutch shooting.

LeBron James was playing in his seventh straight NBA Finals. Their one title came previous year when the Cavs became the first National Basketball Association team to rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to deliver the city its first major championship since 1964.

The Golden State Warriors are no longer a super team in name only.

One of them just welcomed Steve Kerr.

Through two games of these Finals, the Warriors' margin for error looked to be as wide as the San Francisco Bay. Adding a player like Carmelo Anthony would certainly help. "I'm not in the front office, but I know our front office is going to continue to try to put our ball club, put our franchise in a position where we can compete for a championship year in and year out". "You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day".

The only real drama in the Warriors' path to a championship this season was Kerr's health.

Game 5, however, was back on home turf.

Cavs' superstar James had another great season and playoff run.

Golden State shot 14 free throws in the first quarter to Cleveland's seven.

But this is why the Warriors added Durant.

The 1989 World Series, best known for the quake that delayed the proceedings, had both Bay Area teams playing but the A's wound up winning on the road at Candlestick Park after the Series was delayed 10 days by the natural disaster.

"Pretty much all of their big-name guys are in their 20s", the Cavs' James said, "and they don't show any signs of slowing down". In 2016, the team started 2-0 before dropping Game 3, winning Game 4 then losing the last three.

The NBA's new labor deal doesn't expire until 2023. Another says "5 Time Champion" in a different shade of blue with five Larry O'Brien Trophies in the foreground. "We're going to earn it".

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