Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 14:51
"I kept telling the guys they're going to get exhausted".
Golden State fell short of 73 wins this year going 67-15. They had a four-point lead with about a minute left.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. James went 7-of-8 from the floor for 16 points in the first quarter, but when he went to the bench late in the period the Warriors closed it with a 10-0 run to lead 39-32, Curry sinking two 3-pointers in the spurt.
But the Cavaliers did not score in the final three minutes of the game. So obviously I'm drained right now, ready to get home. While his outside shot failed him (he went 0-7 from three), he put together a season's worth of acrobatic layups on his way to 38 points.
The Warriors turnover problems from Game 2 carried over to Wednesday night, when they had 18, which helped the Cavaliers stay in the game.
"They're definitely a different team than they were a year ago that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said. For tonight, numberFire gives the Warriors a 53.7% chance of winning, which is appropriate given that they're on the road and the Cavs have someone who's quite good in that LeBron James guy. This time, they are looking to do something no National Basketball Association team has ever accomplished. "You got to give credit when credit is due". Their two best players combined for 77 points. Starting center Tristan Thompson went scoreless for the second time in the series.
Kevin Durant had 31 points and eight rebounds Wednesday night.
Klay Thompson bounced back from a rough opener to net 30 points in Wednesday's win.
Warriors: Golden State is the 13th team to take a 3-0 lead in Finals, and third since 1996.
Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to the opposition, because at the end of the day, they're just better. Cleveland certainly weren't helped by the double-pronged attack of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry torching the basket for the second consecutive game.
Cleveland Cavaliers win in 6: 2.55%.
A pair of Durant free throws extended the lead to three, and a strip steal by Andre Iguodala on James sealed the win for Golden State.
And the Cavs still couldn't beat the Warriors. The highest mark - 94 points - was scored by the triumvirate of Brad Daugherty (40), Mark Price (35) and Hot Rod Williams (19) against New Jersey in 1992.
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"Before the series even started we knew what we was dealing with".
"We just wanted to hang around", Durant said. It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career.