The story behind some of the most iconic photos from the Warriors-Cavs rivalry in the NBA Finals

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Photographer Ezra Shaw has been on the court for all four NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors, capturing iconic images of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and countless unforgettable moments.

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You might not know Ezra Shaw by name, but if you read about sports on the internet, you’re almost certainly familiar with his work.

Shaw has been a photographer for Getty Images for 20 years, charged with the difficult task of taking a sport as kinetic as basketball and capturing it into still moment for both next-day recaps and basketball historians who will look back on the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry for years to come.

Having been on the court shooting for the past four NBA Finals between the two teams, he’s responsible for iconic images of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and the heated emotions that the Finals bring out from the biggest stars in the sport.

Ahead of Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Shaw shared some of his favorite shots from four years of covering the Warriors and Cavaliers as they battle for the NBA championship, and spoke with Business Insider about the difficulties, logistics, and joys of the job.