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Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

Clarence Duncan | 11 June, 2017, 07:17

But the team still fell short of preventing Golden State on taking a commanding 3-0 series advantage.

None won as dominantly as this team, which has four versatile All-Stars - including two former league MVPs - in their prime. After a timeout, the Cavaliers drew up a play to get James a corner 3. The Warriors recruited Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had lost to Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors are one win away, and they've turned the entire postseason into a formality, a coronation of their dominance all season.

"I don't want to relax", Durant said.

And with a win in Game 4 on Friday night, Golden State can exorcise those haunting demons from past year when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.

Points he scored in the Warriors' late 11-0 run, the biggest of them a three-pointer with 45 seconds left to put Golden State ahead at 114-113.

One win from his first championship and probably the NBA Finals MVP award along with it, Durant is the flawless player in the ideal place. Seattle took the next two games before losing in Game 6.

But that is what happened on June 7 at Quicken Loans Arena. I mean, at least we got a close game, right? "We had an opportunity".

James led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while Kyrie Irving added 38 in an electrifying performance. Not against the Warriors and their assemblage of world-class talent. Durant ended up with 31 points with four 3-pointers.

Thompson played a superb two-way game scoring 30 points with six 3-pointers, while Curry added a surprising 13 rebounds to his 26 points. The Warriors had seized a 3-1 lead on the Cavaliers only to have James lead the greatest rally in NBA Finals history, becoming the first team to win the championship after trailing 3-1.

LeBron James is not one to shy away from a challenge. It would be the starkest symbol of their dominance this season.

No team in National Basketball Association history has overcome a 3-0 deficit in The Finals.

The Cavaliers set a tone early in the game that they didn't intend to be swept. He has performed at a high level as the Warriors have taken a 3-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Finals 2017.

Cleveland Coach Tyronn Lue said he did not remember the 11-0 run precisely to comment on it.

They went on to win their first championship in seven games.

"I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset that they were going to have".

And James has once again been criticized for not being more aggressive late in Game 3, when he made a pass to Kyle Korver. "So mentally and physically, I got to prepare myself for that". The Cavs played an incredible game, but even after a 33-point third quarter, they only led by five points.

"To see that go in, that was liberating, man. If we come out with the same fight and intensity. we got a good chance of winning on Friday".


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