Warriors Take Physical Game 4, LeBron Becomes Draymond’s Latest Nutshot Victim

Bradley Whitaker
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Finally, we were treated to a close NBA Finals game.

After a game that saw 18 lead changes and a finals record 17 threes from the Golden State Warriors, the defending champs are now just one win away from accomplishing history thanks to a 108-97 victory in Game 4.

A physical first quarter ended with the Warriors holding just a slight 29-28 advantage. But unlike the previous games Stephen Curry (38 points, 7-of-13 from three) showed up to play with eight points in the first period; Harrison Barnes also dropped eight in the quarter.

But Cleveland took a five-point lead at halftime before a fiery third quarter.

Kyrie Irving lifted much of the offense on Friday (34 points), while LeBron James had a mediocre night (25 points, 7 turnovers). Irving traded shots with Curry for much of the third period.

Irving burns Curry:

Curry burns Cleveland:

Irving blocks Curry:

But the champs were too much defensively in fourth quarter, holding the Cavs to just 20 with their suffocating defense that started a few altercations.

Yes, of course, one of those altercations involved Draymond Green (9 points, 12 rebounds) hitting LeBron in the family jewels.

The two nearly started a massive kerfuffle, as a frustrated LeBron couldn’t take it anymore with his team losing in the final minutes.

But regardless, we all know Green won’t be suspended and the Warriors are just one win away from their second-straight championship. The three ball was back on Friday and if that defense continues to defend the way they did in the fourth quarter, this series will be a short one.

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