Golden State outscored them 10-0 in the final 2 minutes of the first quarter. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again.
"I think I said it last night, it just looks like he understands this is his moment, this is his time", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. And tonight, they punched us but we continued to fight. "We're just glade we've got him on our team". We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical.
While the Cavaliers will look to avoid having their season ended on their home court in Game 4, the Warriors at this rate look too much to handle. But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get exhausted.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth.
"This isn't a team that's going to come out and say, 'We're down 3-0, we're laying down, '" Green said.
They will again have to rewrite the record books if they can recover this position, but with the Warriors seeking revenge for previous year that will be some ask.
That means Durant is on the verge of his first title, while James is on the brink of falling to 3-5 in Finals series. "We're going to keep scrapping". Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath. Three games in, Durant is averaging 34 points (56.1% shooting overall; 52.4% from three-point range), 10 rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers per game. "Not going to overreact to one". He played 45 minutes and it just wasn't enough.
James and Irving combined for 77 points but their efforts went for naught as the late-game collapse by the defending champion Cavaliers left them trailing the best-of-seven NBA Finals 3-0.
James said, "I've got to start getting ready for the next game now".
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) walks away during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
It was Cleveland's first lead at the end of any quarter in this series. Simply put, any opportunity the Cavaliers had to convert Game 3 into a victory was eventually extinguished by one of the Warriors' fearsome quartet.
At one point, it was announced that Green had been given his second technical foul, and security came onto the floor to usher the volatile forward to the locker room.
"It took a while for it to kind of reveal itself consistently as the regular season went on, but once it clicked and the habits started to become second nature, it was kind of lovely to watch and an awesome kind of style to play and watch unfold", Curry said.
Later, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in a pileup of players and delivered two swipes to Iman Shumpert's groin area as the referees tried to get control.