Warriors strike back at Cavs

Ross Houston
June 22, 2016

Curry was never held under 20 points in three consecutive playoff games until this series.

Trailing 83-81 with 10:21 remaining, the Warriors went on a 15-3 run and took a 96-86 lead.

Curry and Thompson strung together their best joint performance of this series and the Cavs countered by dribbling their way to the brink of extinction.

Curry made 7 of 13 from 3-point range and Thompson 4 of 9.it was sort of a return to normalcy for the duo. He finished with 11 points, five rebounds and a block in 25 minutes and certainly got better as the game went on.

"If you don't think we can win, don't get on the plane", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "Sooner or later, it's going to happen".

"It comes down to effort and taking the personal matchup and looking at the guy in front of you and saying, 'I'm going to make it tough for him".


"Come with the same fight and grit", Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson said of what it will take to get another win.

Irving and James took 33 of Cleveland's 38 shots in the second half and made 16 of the team's 18 field goals.

"So after winning the game by 30 points, I thought it was the right thing to do".

The rebounding edge also helped the Cavaliers outscore Golden State, 54-32, in the paint.

Tempers flared in the final minutes when Green fell down and James tried stepping over his head as Green stood up.

Green, who kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin during the Western Conference finals, would be suspended for Game 5 if the league retroactively assesses a flagrant-1 foul.


"As a competitor, I love going against Draymond, and I'm all about going out there and leaving it out on the floor", James said.

A big question coming into the game was the status of Kevin Love - and would the Cavaliers start him if he was cleared to play? Love entered the NBA's concussion protocol and was ruled out for Game 3 despite participating in the morning workout on Wednesday.

However, Lue stayed with Richard Jefferson, who started the Game 3 romp.

Anderson Varejao, who spent 11 seasons with the Cavs before he was traded in February, had three offensive rebounds and made two free throws during a four-minute stretch late in the third quarter.

 

 


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