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NBA Finals Spurs at Cavaliers Game 4

June 14, 2007

By David Harrison

Tony Parker of the SpursThe San Antonio Spurs can lock up their fourth NBA Championship since 1999 tonight, if they can finish off a series sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers had their chance to get back into this series in Game 3 on Tuesday night, but could not capitalize on the Spurs' uninspired performance.
 
San Antonio played their worst game of the series, and possibly their worst game of the playoffs, but still came out on top 75-72.
 
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 17 points in the lackluster win, while Tim Duncan chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds.
 
Bruce Bowen delivered his usual lockdown defense and was a sparkplug on offense as well with 13 points and nine rebounds.
 
As a team the Spurs shot a lousy 41 percent, but it was still better than the awful 36 percent shooting display turned in by the Cavaliers.
 
The worst shot of the night came right at the end with the Cavs trailing by two, as with seconds remaining LeBron passed to Anderson Varejao who put up a brick from three-point range.
 
James said after the game he expected Varejao to send the ball back to him so he could take the possible game-winning shot from three-point range. James got a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer as the clock wound down, but like Varejao he was off the mark.
 
James finished the Game 3 loss with a game-high 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Drew Gooden and Sasha Pavlovic both added 13 points, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 points and 18 rebounds.
 
Rookie Daniel Gibson got his first start of the playoffs in place of injured guard Larry Hughes, but couldn’t get anything to fall and wound up shooting 1-of-10 for two points.
 
To win Game 4 the Cavaliers will either need another monumental performance from LeBron, or get some help from his supporting cast. A few more good shots from beyond the arc would help too, considering the Cavs shot only 3-of-19 from three-point range in Game 3.
 
Even if the Cavaliers can step up and take Game 4 on Thursday night, history is against them the rest of the way. No team has ever come back from being down 3-0 in the NBA Playoffs.
 
The Spurs can make a little history of their own by ending the series on Thursday, as they would join the Bulls, the Lakers and the Celtics as the only NBA teams to win four or more titles. 

Game 4 tips off at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland tonight at 9:00 pm EDT. The Spurs opened as a 3-point favorite, while the total was set at 176.

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