CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the brink of getting swept in the NBA Finals after a 110-102 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 Wednesday night.
The loss came in large part due to Kevin Durant, who carried the Warriors in Game 3 with 43 points on 15-23 shooting from the field while also grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
The Cavs’ energy was high to start Game 3, their first game on home court, as they led by ten at one point in the first quarter and retained a six-point lead at halftime. Kevin Love was aggressive and got the Cavs rolling in the first half and finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds. LeBron James had a pass-first mentality in Game 3, but still finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Warriors made their third quarter run and Golden State led by two going into the fourth quarter. The teams went back and forth until a couple minutes to play when Durant closed the door on the Cavs’ title hopes. Golden State was up three and Durant hit a deep three dagger from five feet beyond the three-point line to give the Warriors a six-point lead and gave the Cavs a loss in Game Three of the NBA Finals for a second straight year.
Once again, the Cavs played well enough to win, but couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch to find a way to get back into the series. Durant saved the Warriors last night. The Cavs did a great job defending Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who both struggled from the field. Curry had 11 points but was 3-16 from the field and 1-10 from three-point range. Thompson had just ten points on 4-11 shooting.
That’s why this Warriors team is so difficult to beat since they added Kevin Durant. Durant carried them to a Game 3 victory when just about everybody else seemed to take the night off.
Now the Cavs find themselves in a 3-0 hole that nobody has ever climbed out of. With so much uncertainty in LeBron James’ future, many will look at Friday’s Game 4 as potentially his last game in Cleveland. If that is the case, let us enjoy it. LeBron has brought the Cavs to four straight Finals (five overall in his two stints with the Cavs), and while this one has certainly been frustrating, this Warriors team is one of the best to ever be assembled. The Cavs will try to extend the series and head back to Golden State for a Game 5 next week.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals will tip-off on Friday night at 9:00pm ET on ABC.
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