NBA Finals 2017 Warriors at Cavs Game 3
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 14:32
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And when Kevin Love hit a three-pointer with just under nine minutes left in the third quarter - his first field goal of the game - to put Cleveland up 71-70 it marked the latest point in any game that the Cavaliers had led.
As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State's grip on the series, Cleveland's last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line.
Durant finished with 31 points to lead the Warriors, while Klay Thompson had 30 and Stephen Curry added 26. "We need to take that mentality to Cleveland". He apparently learned from his mistakes of a year ago, when his firebrand ways blazed so hot he found himself suspended for Game 5. James shook it off, got up and slowly walked to the bench, and moments later drove for a layup.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant has played with objective throughout the series. To see that go in, that was liberating, man.
"I want to win just as bad as they do and obviously they probably got a bad taste in their mouth after what happened last year and we had one in our mouth last year from what happened the year before", James said. "So just the way he played on the defensive end, the way he played on the offensive end, he's been doing it all playoffs long, but in these Finals, he's really picked it up, and it's been huge for us".
In the third quarter of Games 1 and 2, the Cavaliers settled in the third quarter, but not Wednesday.
Golden State landed the next blows, but the Cavs kept coming back.
"I have the same confidence level I've had since I started playing this game", Smith said. The Warriors trailed by as many as seven in the fourth quarter.
James was equally spectacular with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with the Warriors' depth.
Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery. While Curry accounted for only six points, he handed out four assists and stole one pass.
"At that point I was a little bit more composed than earlier in that possession", Curry said. "16-0 doesn't matter in any stretch of the imagination unless it is a close out game and that is the opportunity in front of us". "Taking out various fees, including the ones the Warriors have to pay their vendors, it's a safe assumption that the team will net half its gross total".
James, however, also rejected any notion that the Warriors are any hungrier than he and his teammates.
"We want 15-0", Kerr said. "It was 2-0 previous year, we lost". "There is a lot of work for us left to do". Starting center Tristan Thompson went scoreless for the second time in the series.