Act IV: Cavaliers, Warriors meet in Finals anew

NBA.com Global on May 29, 2018 02:28 PM
Act IV: Cavaliers, Warriors meet in Finals anew
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NBA.com staff report

For the fourth year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals.

The Cavs and Warriors made history last year, when they became the first two teams to meet in the NBA Finals for three consecutive seasons.

The Cavs Warriors are the fourth and fifth franchises in NBA history to reach four consecutive Finals, joining the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.

Never before in any of North America’s four major team sports have the same two teams met to decide the championship four times in a row. The previous trilogies, in addition the Cavs-Warriors, are as follows:

• In MLB, the New York Giants and New York Yankees met in the World Series in 1921, '22 and '23.

• In the NFL's pre-Super Bowl era, the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns clashed in 1952, '53 and '54.

• In the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens and Detriot Red Wings faced off in 1954, ’55 and ’56.

The defending champion Warriors will attempt to win their third championship in four seasons, while the Cavs will try to win their second title in three seasons.

The NBA Finals begin Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at Oracle Arena.

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