Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Kevin Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, as his team pipped LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in their hometown.

After winning Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points at home, the Warriors had to scrap for all 48 minutes to take down the Cavs, who will need a similar effort to avoid being swept by a team with few weaknesses.

They will travel back to Cleveland again on Saturday vying to be the first team to go unbeaten all the way to an National Basketball Association finals title.

But again, the Cavaliers didn't get big contributions from their bench - with the reserves combining for just 11 points - and for the third straight game, Tristan Thompson was completely neutralized, going scoreless for the second time the series, adding just three boards in 23 minutes of action.

The Warriors, already on the longest playoff win streak in NBA history, set the North American sports playoff win streak mark with their 15th consecutive triumph, moving past the National Hockey League (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins' 14-game run from the 1992 and 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs.

James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but his attempt at a tying 3-pointer was blocked by Andre Iguodala and James stepped out of bounds after recovering it, slamming the ball to the court in frustration. "You can tell, he knows this is his moment".




No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit.

And maybe fatigue played a part in the Warriors' rally, though James didn't think so even after playing 46 minutes. I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted. And while no National Basketball Association team has come back from such a deficit, it seemed that the Cleveland guard was making a bold forecast before quickly retracting the prediction. I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower.

"We just wanted to hang around", Durant said. Irving didn't let that happen, scoring 16 in the third and the Cavs held the Warriors to 22 points in their lowest scoring output in any quarter in this postseason.

Klay Thompson bounced back from a rough opener to net 30 points in Wednesday's win. "So even when you're playing well, you got to play A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that are going to make plays".

They look ready to play for many more.

The Cavaliers, though, couldn't get far enough ahead in the fourth to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping into their lead before Durant's defining 3-pointer.

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