All of these events were downright ideal for the Cavs: Stephen Curry's shooting game was terrible for most of the night, Klay Thompson's wasn't much better, the Cavs led by as many as 13 in the first half and some non-producers from the first two games of these NBA Finals were starting to finally give James the contributions he's craved.
CLEVELAND - Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala scored eight points and recorded a key thundering dunk down the stretch Wednesday night in his winning NBA Finals debut in Game 3 after missing six games with a bone bruise around his left knee.
Golden State rallied to top Cleveland 110-102 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the finals, with a chance to clinch their second straight championship Friday when this series resumes.
Cleveland held an early 10-point lead in Game 3, partly thanks to LeBron James' thunderous alley-oop to himself.
Golden State is one win away from capturing back-to-back titles and three in the past four years.
One of the themes of these NBA Finals has been that LeBron James hasn't gotten enough help from his teammates.
They lead the final series 3-0, and no side in history have come back from such a deficit. In the meantime, James said "every player does not want to - sad to say, but every player doesn't want to compete for a championship and be in a position where every possession is pressure". Kevin Durant. You've got two guys with MVPs on their team.
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The final quarter was a tight affair until Durant won the game in the final minute. "They teamed up and it's like, 'OK. beat this.' And now I think it's on another organization to get that same narrative".
Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting.
"Kevin was the story in the first half, just keeping us in it", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "So, definitely a different year, just overall, personally with injuries, as a team with dealing with injuries, dealing with the kind of expectations that have been placed on us from the outside and the noise around us as a team".
With the Warriors "Splash Brothers" backcourt in major struggle mode, Durant put up one of the best postseason performances of his career - and in recent NBA Finals. We know throughout the course of a 48-minute game, there are going to be plays where it was miscue here or a miscue there.
"We have a lot of talent as well", James continued.