Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

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The Golden State sharpshooter went four-of-13 from the floor for only 14 points as the Warriors lost 116-137 at Cleveland in Game Four, even though the Warriors are still ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven title series. The decision was made that they had to do something drastic, that they wouldn't lose again.

During the playoffs, the Warriors previously swept Portland, Jazz and San Antonio.

OAKLAND, Calif. - If the Golden State Warriors can't achieve perfection, they'll just have to settle for redemption and justification. That was the logic. The Cavs denied that opportunity on Friday in a surprising blowout over the Warriors.

Golden State still leads the best-of-seven title series 3-1 and can claim the trophy at home on Monday. They'll be doing everything in their power to close out this sucker tonight.

Game 5, however, was back on home turf. The Warriors still hold a 3-1 lead in the series, but their bid for 16-0 in the playoffs is over.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

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Led by LeBron James' 41 points, the Cavaliers hung within 108-102 with 8:29 to play on a 3-pointer by Kyle Korver.

OAKLAND-They began the season in an unfamiliar role as villains, a great team that had added a great player to the chagrin of many, a group that knew the only acceptable result would be a championship. Golden State wasn't out of the game, but it didn't look like itself at the start of the contest.

One witnessed Cavs charged up for Game 4, getting involved in some strong physical battles, which helped them emerge victorious. That stung ever since, as Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. At minus-200 as the odds-on favorites, the Warriors are the best preseason odds to win it all in National Basketball Association history.

Although TV ratings are spectacular and plenty of dough is indeed pouring into the association, it's hard to imagine the 28 other NBA franchises agree with Curry's comments.

They didn't speak much about it during the season, letting their talents mesh and the criticism wash over them like a mildly annoying mist, and when it was all done, there was vindication. James, Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers mustered up their best performance of the season. If the Warriors are the favorites, their rivals in Cleveland, the Lakers to the Celtics (or vice versa) for this generation, aren't far behind.

Kevin Durant was the Finals' Most Valuable Player for the world champion Warriors. The future, it seems, is very bright.

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