Golden State Warriors' Iguodala a game-time decision for Game 3

08 June, 2018, 10:44 | Author: Elena Meyer
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That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.

Cavaliers center Kevin Love appeared overcome with childlike joy watching LeBron James make a spectacular dunk in the first half.

The Cavs led 14-4 with 7:57 left in the first quarter, a complete flip from Game 2 when the Warriors jumped to a 15-6 lead with 8:12 left in the first quarter.

Curry was coming off a Game 2 in which he hit a Finals-record nine 3-pointers en route to 33 points.

As Durant entered the Warriors' team hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning, he was greeted by the cheers of several adoring Golden State fans.

It might not have been a carbon copy of the 2017 shot, but it could have similar effects; Durant is now one win away from a second straight title and possibly his second straight Finals MVP.

In Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Cleveland, Durant made his case - and it was a convincing one. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him could have made those shots".

"It wasn't just the number of points", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. Durant was the only Warrior to eclipse 11 points, as point guard Steph Curry shot 3 of 16 from the field and shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 10 just points.

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Ariya suffered an epic collapse on the back nine, blowing a seven-stroke lead after a triple-bogey at the par-four 10th. He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, and then missed a birdie putt from 4 feet on the par-5 15th.

"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?" James had 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in the loss, a performance he likely won't be able to replicate again.

However, after having just four points through three quarters, Curry hit a pivotal three to put his side up four with under two minutes to go.

This is the fourth consecutive year (since 2015) that these two teams are playing in the NBA Finals.

James led the Cavaliers with 33 points.

Things quickly went in Golden State's favor after that, though, as the Warriors opened the third with a 17-6 run to take their first lead of the game. However, he turned the ball over five times in each game.

After adding wing players like Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood, as well as GM Koby Altman saying they wanted to get more minutes for rookie Cedi Osman, the excuse was that there weren't enough minutes for Wade in Cleveland.

"It's a different game, different season", Durant said. Players not named LeBron James were contributing, and it was a single-possession game down the stretch.

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