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Draymond Green comes up big as Warriors take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

Draymond is closing in on his second Larry O'Brien Trophy.

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Michigan State Spartans great Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors are now one game away from taking home their second-straight NBA Finals championship.

After losing by 30 points at Cleveland Wednesday night, Green and GSW needed a major bounce back Friday night to keep the Cavaliers from gaining momentum heading into Monday's Game 6 showdown at Golden State. A loss Friday night would have meant the series would have been tied at 2-2 with the Cavs holding all the momentum going into Monday.

Instead, Green and the Warriors responded with a 108-97 win in Cleveland to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Much of the credit for that win goes to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson accounting for 63 points.

However, Green made his presence felt early and often with his defense on LeBron James, who finished with 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting with seven turnovers, giving him 19 in his last three games. Green also finished the game with nine points, 12 boards, four assists, two steals, three blocks and a +/- of +14, the second-highest mark of anyone that night.

Oh, and Green had a big rejection of LeBron at the rim late in the fourth quarter to help secure the win.

All of this has put the Warriors in position to win the NBA Finals Monday night when the two teams face off at Golden State.