Golden State Warriors get past Cleveland Cavaliers again in NBA Finals

Danny Woods
June 8, 2017

But coming back from 3-0 deficit against an even more talented Warriors team than the one they needed seven games to beat past year is a different story.

Mind you, no team had ever recovered from 3-1 down in an National Basketball Association finals until Cleveland did previous year.

Durant led the Warriors with 31 points, with 30 from Klay Thompson and 26 from Stephen Curry as they close in on a second title in three years.

Cleveland was up 113-107 after J.R. Smith drilled a 3-pointer with 3:09 left, and for the first time in the series - first time in the playoffs, for that matter - Golden State seemed something less than invincible. Even as they lost their grip on a six-point lead in the final three minutes.

James and Irving weren't the issue in Game 3. "We want to get good shots".

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving delivered a masterclass effort in Game Three of the NBA Finals on Wednesday but it was still not enough to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers past the juggernaut that are the Golden State Warriors. Like, we still got two more games to win and those two will be way harder than the first two.

But he has become even more of a superstar during this year's NBA Finals and has been a huge piece in Golden State's flawless postseason thus far.

"They're a great team, but I think we're a great team also". No NBA team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, let alone the Finals.

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

"It's a dramatic situation to be in", James said. If those guys can't get it going, then the Cavaliers might be doomed before the game starters.

The Cavs had a plus-minus of plus-7 in the 46 minutes James played and were minus-12 in the two minutes he rested. LeBron matched his own NBA Finals best by scoring 27 points in the first half (he scored 39 points overall), and Irving emerged in the second half, scoring 38 for the game.

On the hardwood at the Downtown YMCA, optimism is just as important as how you play the game. "We missed some shots, and they made some". In the second half, Cleveland slowed the pace, allowing its two stars to hunt the matchups they wanted and make brilliant one-on-one plays. But you get a lot more from getting a ring.

The Warriors just took the Cavaliers' last, best shot and still walked off the court laughing.

We're not seeing the same Durant with this energetic Golden State team.

"So you got to try to focus on the next game and focus on your job and what you can do to help your team be successful going into the following game".

Just when you were ready to declare this NBA Finals a series, the Golden State Warriors once again demonstrated the will to make it all their own.

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