Klay Thompson Says Warriors Want to Win NBA Championship in Cleveland

Ruben Hill
June 11, 2017

J.R. Smith reportedly claimed his Twitter account was hacked Wednesday night after it posted a message apparently predicting the Cavaliers would win the NBA Finals in seven games.

With their backs against the wall and the possibility of watching the Golden State Warriors celebrate another championship on their floor - in a sweep, no less - the Cleveland Cavaliers responded with a historic performance in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

"We were in attack mode", James said.

The loss ended the Warriors' bid at a ideal 16-0 run through the playoffs, which had never been done.

Thompson scored 30 points of his own but addressed his defense on Kyrie Irving down the stretch, per Rachel Nichols of ESPN: "I did a good job not falling for any of his moves, because he's real shift".

Cleveland clinched 3 consecutive victories to take the championship away and become the first-ever team in the National Basketball Association to come back from a 3-to-1 deficit.

No team has erased a 3-0 deficit in any series.

The ninth career NBA Finals triple-double by James broke the all-time record he shared with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors still have ample chances to win their second title in three seasons over the Cavs.

Though the halftime box score had Green with a "T" in the first period and it was marked in the official scorebook as such, the officials ruled the first-half technical had been called on Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Green stayed in the game. Pachulia appears to hit Shumpert below the belt. Instead of an ejection for Pachulia, however, he and Shumpert were slapped with technicals.

The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points.

Cleveland led 86-68 at halftime and were up by as many as 22. The Cavaliers won that game to start what became the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.

A Durant 3-pointer at the buzzer brought the Warriors a little closer. The champions had 49 points in the first quarter.

LeBron compared it to when he left Miami and returned to Cleveland. Steph Curry had 14 points on 4-for-13 shooting and 10 assists and Klay Thompson had 13 points on 4-for-11. James jumped Michael Jordan (1,176) on the Finals scoring list, and hopped over His Airness (1,463) for the most made free throws in the postseason. They were 17-of-26 from the line at halftime.

Told by Cleveland.com that the quote was being used for inspiration, Smith said that he did "believe".

Want Warriors news in your inbox? LeBron said that he and Chris Bosh signed with the Heat and they had to build the team in Miami. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317) and Mr. Logo himself, Jerry West (1,679), have scored more points in the Finals.

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