Warriors on brink of NBA Finals history after thrilling Game 3 win

Ross Houston
June 17, 2017

Golden State is now one win away from going undefeated for the entire National Basketball Association playoffs and claimed a historic National Basketball Association title.

James added 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career NBA Finals triple double. Considering the Warriors had out-scored the Cavs by an average of 12 points in the first two games, the turnaround was impressive.

When Kevin Durant hit a go-ahead three with 45 seconds left in the the Warriors Game 3 win to go up 3-0 in the Finals, Curry pulled up short and appeared to squat before running back on defence.

A flawless example is the final 3:09 of the game in which Golden State outscored Cleveland 11-0.

LeBron James delivered 39 points, 11 boards and nine assists for the Cavaliers, but he was held to two points over the final six minutes.

After a war at Quicken Loans Arena, Curry and company will have to reload with only one day of rest before meeting their rivals again for Game 4 of the series on Friday at 9:00 p.m. EST. And I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team.

"My mindset is to try to get every game".

The Golden State Warriors victory last night gave them their 15th playoff win in a row, breaking them out of a tie with the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins for the most in any of the four major sports leagues. And tomorrow's another important opportunity for us and for myself, obviously to continue the series, you know. But they had it going all night.

They all are, at this point - and it shows, as the Warriors seem determined not just to avenge last year's loss in the Finals but also leave an indelible mark in the process. "We set a lot of records since we kind of assembled this team the last couple years". They have seen the Cavaliers come back from a series deficit before, and they were more prepared for the best Cleveland had to offer. "We don't want to take the long 3s and things like that".

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player laid on the floor several seconds before being helped up and made a driving layup shortly after.

"I mean, of course, you're deflated from losing a game that you should have won", Lue said.

When you look at both team's front courts, the Warriors have Durant, along with Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for most of the game.

"I definitely want to compete".

Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, "It's so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results".

The Warriors went on to win 118-113.

"We missed shots", said James, who played all but 34 seconds of the second half and 45:37 in the game, while Irving didn't come out after halftime en route to playing 44:23.

"I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could", James said.

Golden State's ideal post-season is over.

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