NBA Finals in Las Vegas: Game 3 betting odds, picks and preview

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

The Warriors are two wins from sweeping all four rounds, including the last one, against the defending champs.

James said at the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround Wednesday in advance of Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors.

"I'm not going to take a step back", Durant told reporters of his team's 2-0 lead.

Klay Thompson added 30 points and Stephen Curry had 26 for this California Dream Team now one win from its second title in three years. James had a whopping 39 Points and 11 Rebounds.

Speaking of Curry and James, there was one sequence that may have outshined them all. "That's exactly what happened throughout the season", Durant said. "I've been working on that shot my whole life". To see that go in, that was liberating, man.

The mountain Cleveland must climb to get out of its 2-0 ditch this year is much steeper. "They're just kind of boneheaded plays that you are just like, 'Oh, man, we can be better.' Whether they're speeding us up or whether they're getting in our chest or challenging us, we need to hit back".

Back home after being outrun and outgunned by the Warriors, who won Games 1 and 2 at Oracle Arena by a combined 41 points, the Cavs find themselves in the same predicament they were in past year.

The Warriors have outscored Cleveland by 41 points through two games.

Durant, though, was not going to be denied.

Curry has a point-they came this close-but so do people on the other side. In this series, he has four baskets, four fouls, eight rebounds, a shadow of himself.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, left, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Wednesday's game also set streaming records for a Game 3, according to ESPN, with almost 2 million unique viewers. And, the first quarter in which the Warriors outscored the Cavs 40-34 and the teams combined for 130 possessions, was the fastest James' career - regular or postseason - spanning 5,100 quarters. It will be an even taller task now, with the Warriors deploying Kevin Durant.

There was still time left on the clock when James walked off the court in frustration. James shook it off, got up and slowly walked to the bench, and moments later drove for a layup.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue decided not to change his starting lineup for Game 3, sticking with the slumping Smith at shooting guard. He also insisted that his team was better off playing at a high tempo than trying to slow down the Warriors.

I think that's where we are heading in these 2017 NBA Finals. "We want to get good shots". "That's what we want". The Warriors now lead the NBA Finals 3-0.

Cavaliers: James (1,175) passed Sam Jones (1,143), Bill Russell (1,151) and Elgin Baylor (1,161) to move into fourth place on the Finals scoring list.

It is embodied in Michael Jordan's shrug, in Katie Ledecky's colossal, blowout win in the 400m freestyle at the 2016 Olympics, in Curt Schilling's (now forever tarnished) bloody sock, in Willis Reed's limp, in Alex Honnold's free soloing of El Capitan.

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