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NBA Finals key numbers as Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for fourth straight year

Here are five noteworthy stats heading into a fourth consecutive Finals clash between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jay Asser 2018/05/30

For the fourth straight year, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will battle in the NBA Finals.

Here are five key stats heading into the series.

4 – Not only will the Finals rematch be the first time in NBA history that the same teams have met four straight years with the title on the line, it will also be the first time across America’s four major sports league, including the NFL, MLB and NHL.

The Warriors and Cavaliers join the Los Angeles Lakers (1982-85), Boston Celtics (1957-66; 1984-87) and Miami Heat (2010-14) as the only NBA teams to reach four consecutive Finals.

8 – LeBron James will be playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals, with the first four coming with Miami and the past four with the Cavaliers.

He’s just the fifth player in NBA history to reach eight consecutive Finals and the only not part of the 1950s and 60s Celtics.

67.2 – Outside of LeBron’s scoring average of 34.0 points in the playoffs, the rest of the Cavaliers are scoring 67.2 points per game, with Kevin Love the only other player in double figures at 13.9.

Golden State, meanwhile, are averaging 80.1 points outside of their leading scorer, Kevin Durant, and have a total of four players averaging double figures.

130 – The Warriors have been dominant in third quarters during the playoffs, outscoring their opponents by 130 points which is the largest differential in any single quarter during the shot-clock era, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The next closest team is the 1985 Lakers, who had a differential of plus-105 in second quarters.

612 – No one in playoff history has scored more points heading into the Finals than LeBron’s 612.

James, who has accumulated that mark in 18 games, is ahead of Hakeem Olajuwon, who had 594 points in 18 games in 1995.

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