Irving scored 40 points in the Game 5 win at Golden State a year ago, hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 and scored 40 more on Friday, raising his average in those elimination games to 32.5 points per game.
When the Finals began, Green grew testy with questions wondering whether he could control his emotions better than a year ago.
Some variation of those words was written or uttered somewhere nearly one year ago.
"I don't pay that much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly", said Green.
"I think every offensive rebound they got, they might have hit a three", Durant said. And epic history will certainly unfold Monday night that again ABC will deliver over-the-air. Golden State still had 116 points and didn't shoot that well.
Once again, James is carrying a superhuman load to try and keep the Cavs afloat against a vastly superior Warriors team. But it was a ideal storm for the Cavaliers as so many things contributed to the Warriors' collapse.
Durant has been criticized occasionally in his career for struggling in the biggest of moments, but he has been devastating in these NBA Finals.
Last year, the Warriors went up in flames as a team over it. They also have to try and make history again, like they did previous year when they became the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.
A Curry floater took the Warriors from down by eight to up by 11, as part of a 21-2 run. The record wasn't corrected until later in the game when Green earned a tech of his own. "I don't know. That was pretty bad".
My original Finals prediction was Warriors in 5 and I believe that's going to become a reality tonight.
Asked if he would change, Green said, "Absolutely not". That led to a Game 5 suspension for Green, the Warriors lost on their home floor and ultimately lost their grip on a second straight Lawrence O'Brien Trophy. We've got to play better. What Game Four showed, and what the Spurs showed in the first game of the regular season (and the first game of the WCF) is that scoring the ball - whether by playing fast or slow - is the best way to "slow" the Warriors. Got to come out with some fire and get it done. Let's make sure you're playing and I get to watch.
Sports' Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss what we can expect next after a wild Game 4 win by the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving led the way with 40 points, including 7 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers won, 112-97, to begin a historic comeback.
LeBron James has 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who have fought valiantly but have not been able to find an answer for Durant.
"We've been on each other a lot throughout these first four games", James said. "We're ready to live in it". Golden State wasn't bad shooting, but was just 11-of-39 from the arc. But for Game 5, the focus is on Stephen Curry. "As far as the 8½, if they win by just three, they're just as happy".
James has grown accustomed to being in this situation, but he wishes the Cavaliers would stop backing themselves in a corner. I liked him as an analyst before he started manning the sidelines in the Bay, and he had a successful career as a shooting specialist before that in the Association. "It causes too much stress man". Close-out games are the hardest ones, so, I'm just excited about the opportunity. But listen at the end of the day we got some resilient guys. We have championship DNA. And they were desperate and they outplayed us. So our mindset is try to go up there and get one. (We're) looking forward to going out there and having some fun (Monday). "So you have to come out with a killer instinct and a punch-to-the-face mentality".