In Game 3, Warriors Beat Cavaliers In Fourth Quarter Comeback

Posted June 11, 2017

This term they have become the first team from the United States' four major professional sports leagues - the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL - to win 15 successive post-season games.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) and Kyrie Irving (2) celebrate a play against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Kevin Durant hit a deep three-pointer over a late-closing LeBron James with about 50 seconds left in the game to power the Golden State Warriors to a 118-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven series that could conclude here Friday night. We'll get him out, get him right back in.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving completed breathless drives to the basket for a combined 77 points while Kevin Love battled for rebounds, out-hustling the Warriors on several occasions. Not team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit.

The Cavaliers might have beaten anybody else the way they played, just as they did in Game 3 of last year's Finals and as they did while rolling into the Finals with a 12-1 record.

Steve Kerr hasn't talked to any of the old-timers who say their teams would have beaten his Golden State Warriors.

"It's probably the most firepower I've played in my career".

James led the way for Cleveland with 39 points.

"It was just flawless timing at the right moment", Iguodala said. They did all they could for as long as they could, while the Warriors patiently waited for them to tire.They look ready to play for many more.

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Splash brothers Thompson and Stephen Curry totaled for 11 of the Warriors 16 threes on the night with Thompson having the hot hand early, erupting for 16 points in the opening period before finishing the game with 30 points.

The Warriors beat Cleveland in the 2015 finals, lost the rematch a year later after putting together a record-setting 73-win regular season, and then signed four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to bolster a roster overflowing with talent.

And on Wednesday morning, a different reporter found herself in a similar position after she asked LeBron if guarding Kevin Durant during the Finals is taking a toll on him and making him exhausted during the second halves of games.

Blown off the court in the second halves of the first two games, the Cavaliers surged ahead with a big third quarter and were still ahead by six with less than 3 minutes to play.

"The bigger thing is that we got two stops after I made that shot", Durant said. "I think it's just part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty", James said.

"We know in that situation to get that man the rock".

Kyrie Irving's 40 points led the Cavs.

But it comes by recalling the pain of last year's finals. The Cavaliers went on to win Game 6 comfortably at home and edged the Warriors out in Game 7 at Oracle Arena. There can't just be a 10-0 run (like at the end of the first quarter in Game 3 when LeBron sat), which forces Lue to bring him back quickly.