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When Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Richard Jefferson matched up against Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, Jefferson got his wish.

"You have to give them credit for how they played", Durant said. "They didn't do it by luck". Let's make sure you're playing and I get to watch. "Not only because we didn't play well, but they came out there and took it to us". If the Dubs play the same type of defense they came out with in Games 1 and 2, they should be fine.

While his rebound numbers in Game 4 were down (5), he still scored 23 points in the game.

"LeBron and Kyrie [Irving] - I've never seen none like them two before". "Like I said before, they create so many different problems out on the floor, so much firepower, that we always have to play great in order to win". We showed that tonight.

The 1951 New York Knicks lost their first three NBA Finals games to the Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) by a combined 49 points.

The mentality they carried into Game 4 at Utah, where they quickly built a 24-7 lead and won by 26.

"This is who we are", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said in the wake of the Game 4 win. And apparently, neither can the fan who paid such a large sum to attend Monday night. They're at home, they've been provoked and they're still the deeper and more versatile team.

"When we were there previous year I think I looked at him and said: 'Let's just never do this again". The series loss leaves James with a 3-5 record in NBA Finals appearances in his career so far.

He has won a road game in 29 consecutive series, another of his many National Basketball Association postseason records, but the challenge now is far greater than what the Cavs faced previous year.

The win came three days after the Cavs snapped the Warriors' flawless streak this postseason.

"We got to find our edge and respond", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "We know what our keys to victory is".

Thompson had 10 alone in Game 4, including four on the offensive end that gave Cleveland extra opportunities to score and prevented the Warriors from getting out in the break. The average ticket price on the site for the game is $1,731, ESPN reported, almost 20 percent higher than last year's Game 5 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, when the average reached $1,444. So hitting and being physical and just everything they do to us in the first three games, we have to do that. You've got to tip your hat to Cleveland.

"They boo me and thought I had a tech I didn't have, so that wasn't sharp" Green said. Then all of a sudden you get smacked in the face and it's like: Whoa. "For us, every game's a game seven".

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