Warriors Rally to Beat Cavs in Game 3 of NBA Finals

Golden State hit an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 39-32 lead over the Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

The last two teams that have trailed 3-0 in the Finals have been swept, the most recent being Cleveland in a 2007 matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. Not team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit. And when they finally got a close one, they showed why their roster is the envy of just about every other team, with the long-range shooting of Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, and the defensive wizardry of Draymond Green and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

Thompson's line: 30 points (11-of-18, 6-of-11, 2-of-2 from the line), six rebounds and two assists.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant said.

"I've been working on that shot my whole life, and for that one to go in, that's liberating", the forward told ESPN's Doris Goodwin after the game. I know we have a mix of fans, but go Dubs!

Durant, though, was not going to be denied. The Warriors went up as much as eight, the Cavs by seven.

That remained a possibility the entire game Wednesday night - until the closing minutes, when the Warriors ripped the Cavaliers' hearts out.

That roster would give these Warriors a chance against any great team from the past - and gives most of their opponents no chance against them.

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.

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn't be stopped. James shook it off, got up and slowly walked to the bench, and moments later drove for a layup.

Griffin also acquired through a series of trades J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov and Channing Frye, who were instrumental role players in the Cavs' 2016 National Basketball Association championship run.

None won as dominantly as this team, which has four versatile All-Stars - including two former league MVPs - in their prime.

"They're definitely a different team than they were a year ago that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

Having already shoved aside the Showtime Lakers, Stephen Curry the Golden State Warriors are trying to move past one of hockey's powerhouses.

Warriors: Golden State is the 13th team to take a 3-0 lead in Finals, and third since 1996. C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were placed on the inactive list. Michael Jordan (1,176) is next. James said this morning.

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