Warriors Take 3-0 Lead Over Cavs

Having made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to beat Golden State past year, the Cleveland Cavaliers need an even better rally to defend the crown after Wednesday's 118-113 loss to the Warriors.

The Warriors are now within one game of taking the National Basketball Association title with an unprecedented ideal run through the playoffs.

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.

Now Cleveland, which previous year became the first team to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit, faces historically long odds again.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant said.

Alex chimed in and said, "I love Kyrie's crossover".

James finished the game with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists while shooting 15-for-27 from the field, proving that he remains one of the game's most dominant players in its history. But there was one, above all, that led to Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the team that had ended his season: The Warriors provided him with the best chance to win a championship.

Irving didn't let that happen in Game 3.

Here are three things we learned from the Warriors' Game 3 win over the Cavs. Curry, Durant, and Thompson combined for 51 points on 29 shots.

Said Irving: "I'll probably be replaying that play for a while".

In game three, Green aroused some concern when he began complaining about a foul call to a referee and Curry did the same. "I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could". He hit both free throws, giving up seven points in 63 seconds - a personal 7-0 run that essentially won this game. They held a fourth-quarter lead.

"They played a really good game as well, but they made shots down the stretch". "And just we obviously - we want 16 wins; it doesn't matter how we get there".

"I thought our team scrapped and competed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. They flew to Cleveland for the next two games. "We missed shots", he said.

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

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.

"I have another t-shirt, Irving, but I prefer Curry", added Steve.

Cleveland got everything it could ask for out of James and Irving, who finished with 39 and 38 points respectively.

The Cavaliers set a tone early in the game that they didn't intend to be swept.

James, who played 45 minutes, refused to blame fatigue for the Warriors' comeback. Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant's arrival and is healthy in these Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.

Cavaliers: James (1,175) passed Sam Jones (1,143), Bill Russell (1,151) and Elgin Baylor (1,161) to move into fourth place on the Finals scoring list.

Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made.

  • Arturo Norris