[Sports Illustrated] The Golden State Warriors rode a record shooting performance to a 108–97 win and 3–1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Golden State hit a Finals record 17 threes and was paced by 38 and 25 points from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, respectively, putting together a complete performance and Cleveland on the brink of elimination. The Warriors also won their 88th game this year (regular season and playoffs combined) to eclipse the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James posted 25 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Cavs, who despite the return of Kevin Love and strong efforts from Kyrie Irving (34 points) and Tristan Thompson could not match the Warriors’ firepower.
No team has ever come back from down 3–1 in an NBA Finals. Game 5 is Monday in Oakland, where the Warriors will shoot for back-to-back titles.