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Greatest Ever? Warriors Beat Cavaliers to Move One Win From Perfection

Pammachio Corsino | 20 Giugno, 2017, 03:30

James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points, dominating much of the second half, but even their electrifying performance was not enough to put a blemish on the Warriors' ideal record. J.R. Smith finally got started.

A close game throughout, Cleveland took control for most of the second half behind some inspired play by their Big 3.

Kevin Durant tallied 31 points, while Klay Thompson and Steph Curry had 30 points and 26 points apiece for the Warriors. And finally, Durant nailed a Splash Brothers-range 3, dropped in an isolation floater over Tristan Thompson, and then capped it off with a transition bomb right over a tired LeBron James that barely played up enough to contest.

The Cavs were well on their way to win Game 3 in the NBA Finals and cut the deficit to 2-1 late Wednesday night but failed to closeout the contest, losing 118-113 and now trail 3-0 in the seven-game-series.

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But the heavy minutes Cleveland's superstars were forced to play may have taken their toll down the stretch.

The Warriors finished on an 11-0 run to hand the Cavaliers a devastating loss on their home floor. Now, the Cavaliers are in a giant 0-3 hole, in which National Basketball Association teams are historically 0-126. "I thought Klay's defense on Kyrie [Irving] was fantastic".

"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. James was an assist short of another triple-double in the finals with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

On the next possession, Irving isolated, settling for an ugly step-back three-pointer. "We missed shots and they made some".

"I knew I had to give LeBron at least a two-minute blow in that first quarter because in the second half he might not get a blow", Lue said.

"We had some really good looks". We make a couple, they miss a couple, and it's the other way around.

Prior to the NBA Finals, the one thing many experts thought the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to avoid was getting sucked into high-paced games with the Golden State Warriors.

CLEVELAND Kevin Durant was the biggest prize of last year's offseason and on Wednesday he showed why the Warriors were so keen to get him, draining the shot of his career to put Golden State on the cusp of an unprecedented ideal postseason.

There was still time left on the clock when James walked off the court in frustration.


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