Cavs' Best Effort Not Good Enough To Beat The Warriors

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dunks on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

For the Warriors, a win will make them the first National Basketball Association team to get through the playoffs with four series sweeps, 16-0.

If they can win game four, the Warriors will become the first team in history to go through an entire National Basketball Association post-season without dropping a game.

And Golden State is hungry - for revenge, in the case of those who suffered last year's ultimate embarrassment, for the chance to make history as the first team to go 16-0 in the playoffs, and for that first taste of championship glory for guys like Durant, David West, and JaVale McGee. Not team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Kevin Durant (31 points) and Stephen Curry (26 points) led the Warriors down the stretch of their 118-113 win, while shooting guard Klay Thompson (30 points) broke well and truly out of his shooting slump.

LeBron James shook off a knee-buckling blow to the chin while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on J.R. Smith's 3-pointer.

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Zampa first had Sabbir Rahman (8) caught by Smith in the 35th over before scalping the wicket of Mahmudullah in the 37th over. Australia were bang on course for a crucial win after Bangladesh were skittled out for 182 off 44.3 overs.

Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his 3 - a shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net and I made sure my feet were behind the 3-point line". To see that go in, that was liberating, man.

"I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing". Point guard Kyrie Irving added 39 points, though he missed all seven of his three-point shots.

Just to give a sense of the height of the mountain that LeBron James and Co. now have to scale, National Basketball Association teams are 0-126 after falling behind 3-0. He's been an awesome player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his time... I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted. For the first time all series, Cleveland took a lead after the opening quarter.

He's just going up against a better team. "We don't want to take the long 3s and things like that". Golden State's only competition is with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and other great teams from the past. They're a juggernaut of a team, do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo, and just made some big-time plays down the stretch. If some of his fellow Cavs (James and Irving aside, of course) can do the same on Friday, well, they'll nearly certainly still lose the series, but at least they will have averted a scenario many are now predicting: "Warriors in 4". He played in 23 for Miami.

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