All of these events were downright ideal for the Cleveland Cavaliers: Stephen Curry's shooting game was very bad for most of the night, Klay Thompson's wasn't much better, the Cavs led by as many as 13 in the first half and some non-producers from the first two games of these NBA Finals were starting to finally give LeBron James the contributions he's craved. Cleveland led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, and was going to get its win, pushing the series to 2-1 and forcing the Warriors' repressed memory of their 3-1 collapse two years ago to come back to the forefront. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".
"I think there's a good chance he'll play", Kerr said. He outscored the rest of the starting lineup (17 points combined) by himself to keep the Warriors in it.
The 43 points Durant scored on 15-of-23 shooting - to go along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists - did not come on easy shots. Iguodala suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals and has missed six consecutive games.
With Warriors guard Stephen Curry suffering a rare off-night, putting up a paltry 3-of-16 shooting, it looked like the Cavs might have a chance to breathe some life back into the series and they led by six at the half.
The NBA Finals moves to Cleveland this week, as the Cavaliers return to the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena staring down an 0-2 deficit. This is the third time Durant and James have faced off in the Finals, each earning 4-1 series wins over the other. The Cavaliers never recovered, even though more than 44 minutes remained. Although it took until Game 5 for the Warriors to secure the series, that shot is seen by many was the one that won it. Durant, though, disagrees with the idea that it changed him.
The Cavs, down 0-2 in the series, face a virtual must-win situation because no National Basketball Association team has ever come back to win a series after trailing 0-3.
"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league".
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Game 3 had the start the Cavaliers dreamed of - Love hits a three, J.R. Smith hits a three, more importantly the Cavaliers corralled three offensive rebounds and forced three Warriors turnovers.
By Saturday (New Zealand time), the Warriors could be the first repeat champs since the Miami Heat did the deal in 2012 and 2013.
James finished Game 3 with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The Cavs kept the game close through most of the fourth quarter. "It just gave us all the momentum back".
"Andre helps us in every regard", Kerr said after the Warriors' shootaround practice Wednesday.
With 36.4 seconds left in regulation and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 at Oracle Arena, Cleveland's LeBron James drew a charging call on Golden State's Kevin Durant.
And then with two-and-half minutes to go in the game, he finally broke through.