Warriors top Cavaliers and move to brink of National Basketball Association title

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

"It's part of the rules", James said Thursday. "We showed that tonight". We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical. "Obviously you never know what's going to happen, but as it stands right now, they look pretty good, as far as the future".

"Our mindset is to go out there and get one", James said. So numerous teams to stand in Golden State's way this postseason have been subject to cold obliteration-the sort of blowout that leaves those involved shell-shocked and numb.

But until the Cavs did it a year ago, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals.

The Cavaliers will play for their post-season hopes on Saturday (AEST), when they face the Warriors in game four of the finals. Blown out in the first two games, the Cavaliers were much better in Game 3, but just not good enough to beat a team that could go down as one of the best ever. "We're going to keep scrapping".

Ultimately, the Warriors captured the game 118-113 to take a 3-0 series lead. Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath. Look for the Warrior's All-Star quartet of Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to re-establish themselves in Game Four under the leadership of Head Coach Steve Kerr.

"Their team was already kind of put together, and you just implement a guy that's ready to sacrifice, a great talent, a guy that's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win", James said.

Despite James' best efforts Wednesday night - he racked up 39 points on 15-of-27 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists in 46 minutes - Cleveland was unable to fight its way to victory in what might have been its best showing in three games.

"But I can definitely appreciate the simple fact of him either reshaping his game or just sacrificing maybe some shots here, sacrificing having the ball in his hands all the time". "Not going to overreact to one".

"It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career", James said. Another game where Tristan Thompson was missing in action.

The Warriors are now one away to get the National Basketball Association 2017 Finals trophy and have an undefeated postseason record, which has never been done before in National Basketball Association history.

Smith made five 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and Kevin Love gutted his way to nine points and 13 rebounds on a night he shot just 1 for 9. In that contest, the Golden State Warriors forged a 2-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, by virtue of their 132-113 win Sunday.

It was Cleveland's first lead at the end of any quarter in this series.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant has played with goal throughout the series. This version of the Warriors had played so well as to largely avoid pressure situations. Pachulia could have been tossed, but was only given a technical, as was Shumpert. The champions had 49 points in the first quarter.

"That first quarter, they came out and hit us with that incredible punch", Durant said. "You got to give them credit, they played extremely well tonight". A Warriors team, we might add, that will feature the same cast of characters next season. The grand prize in the National Basketball Association is a championship ring, and players will sacrifice everything possible to get one. Comedian Kevin Hart and National Football League star Odell Beckham Jr. were among the courtside celebrities. Only 11 points from the bench.

"I would do the same exact thing", he said. And that was my barometer. He's been brilliant in these NBA Finals, averaging 34 points. "I don't stink anymore.". Irving drove the length of the floor and lobbed one high off the glass for a layup at the buzzer to get the Cavs to within six. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317) and Mr. Logo himself, Jerry West (1,679), have scored more points in the Finals. "Why not? If I become an owner, I'm gonna try and sign everybody". Griffin took over after Chris Grant was sacked in 2014 and has been responsible for overhauling a roster that is the highest paid in the league.

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