2017 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Cavaliers, by the numbers

As Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors gear up to take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rubber match for the ages, we take a look at some numbers you need to know before the series tips off on Thursday (9 p.m. ET on ABC).

11

Players on Golden State and Cleveland with at least one All-Star appearance — the most in a Finals series since 1983.

7

Consecutive seasons James has been to the Finals. Only six other players in NBA history (all on the 1950s and '60s Boston Celtics) have played in the Finals in seven consecutive seasons. James' teammate, James Jones, has been to seven consecutive Finals alongside James in Miami and Cleveland, but didn't play in the 2011 Finals against Dallas.

3

Consecutive seasons the Warriors and Cavaliers have met in the Finals, marking the first Finals three-quel in NBA history.


215

Curry's overall plus-minus throughout these playoffs — the highest mark since the league began to track plus-minus in 1996.

12-0

Golden State's record after the first three rounds of the playoffs. The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals 12-0.

14.6

Three-pointers made per game by the Cavaliers this postseason, an NBA record.

19

Total games played between the Warriors and Cavaliers in the past three seasons. The Warriors have won 11.

74

JaVale McGee's field goal percentage this postseason. He ranks No. 1 among players who have attempted at least four shots per game.

125

Free throws attempted by James this postseason, which leads the NBA. The second-highest player from either Golden State or Cleveland is Curry, who ranks eighth with 75 attempts.

125.4

McGee's offensive rating in these playoffs, which is the highest of any player averaging more than 10 minutes per game.

16.3

Per-game point differential for the Warriors this postseason, which leads the NBA. Cleveland ranks second at 13.6.

61

Years since two teams in a major North American professional sports league have met for a championship three times in a row.

16

Points scored in the paint per game by James this postseason, which ranks first in the league.

5,995

Postseason points scored by James in his career. He recently passed Michael Jordan (5,987) for No. 1 on the all-time list.

4.2

Offensive rebounds pulled in per game by Tristan Thompson this postseason, which ranks third in the NBA.

14.4

Points scored per game by Klay Thompson this postseason — down from 24.3 last year and 18.6 the year before. Thompson is also shooting a career playoff-low 38.3% from the field.

8

Times that the broadcast team of Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke have called a Finals together.

43.5

Percentage of three-pointers made by the Cavaliers this postseason, which leads the NBA. The Warriors rank fourth at 38.9%.

104.6

Cleveland's defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) in these playoffs — a significant increase from the 108 rating the Cavs posted in the regular season.

7

Combined MVP awards between Curry (2015, '16) Kevin Durant (2014) and James (2009, '10, '12, '13)

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