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NBA Finals, Game 3: Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113 (final)

20 Juin 2017

He fell well short in his first shot at the title, when James' Miami team beat Oklahoma City in five games in 2012.

That's mostly because of Durant, the former NBA MVP who signed with the Warriors in July.

The Warriors closed out the game on an 11-0 run. Stephen Curry is averaging 28.6 points and 6.3 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 27.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. At home for the first time since May 23, Cleveland turned the game during that period. Cleveland was physical on defense.

"They ditched Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and several bench players in a blink when they could get Durant, and they've been ready to do similar things at various times for other players". When the Cavs couldn't muster a basket in the final three minutes of Game 3, and the Warriors jumped on the opportunity.

The Warriors were already the best regular season team in National Basketball Association history when they added another all-time great, future first-ballot Hall of Famer. "They got stops and then they made play after play down the stretch". As sad as it may be, I think this is the end of the National Basketball Association season. Overall, it was just an incredibly tough, resilient performance.

"I thought for the most part, with the game plan that we had, we tried to execute it as close as possible".

Throughout the second half Wednesday night, Cleveland had hope. Love shook off a shaky first half to chip in nine points in the quarter. He sat for the final 1:49 of the first quarter, and the Warriors went on a 10-0 run.

CLEVELAND LeBron James doesn't have any problem with Golden State building a super team.

"Klay didn't hang his head when Kyrie was going off", Curry said. He doesn't begrudge the Warriors for adding to a star-laden team given that it's within the rules. Kyle Korver's dunk in the second quarter was just the 36-year-old's second all season.

On the next possession, Irving isolated, settling for an ugly step-back three-pointer. Seven straight points came in those last two minutes of the game. He's been an incredible player in this league for a long time, and I think he's - he senses this is his time, his moment, his team.

But roles were reversed in the third quarter when Cleveland made four 3-pointers to only one for Golden State. "This isn't over. I can't say if it's the biggest".

The Cavs, though, couldn't get far enough ahead to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping away before Durant's defining 3 — the shot that makes dreams come true.

"Right now, it means nothing", James said. "Because at that point, in 2020, you gotta start thinking about, these guys are 30 now or 31 or 32, how are they gonna look at the end of this next contract?"

James shook off an early knee-buckling blow to the chin and every Golden State shot while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on JR Smith's three-pointer.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn't be stopped. The dynamic duo gave all their got, but they just couldn't handle the Warrior's offense.

But this year the Warriors have Durant, and that is making all the difference.

NBA Finals, Game 3: Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113 (final)