June 28, 2017

Warriors top Cavaliers to move one win from perfection

09 June 2017, 03:34 | Jackie Morgan

Everyone complains about him signing with the Warriors, while simultaneously mocking them for losing in 2016.

James led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while Kyrie Irving added 38 in an electrifying performance.

Everything they wanted. Pace, physical nature, venue, support.

The feeling is they just have to get the ball rolling in their direction.

The Golden State Warriors, up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

"It's not done", Durant said.

"I'm not making a change", he said. It's not over. This is a insane game.

Irving shot 16-of-29, but missed his final three shots, all in the final 1:52. And, instead of risking more 3-1 jokes if they win on Friday night, they now have the real opportunity to sweep the playoffs.

Cleveland took a 113-107 lead on J.R. Smith's three-pointer with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter, but Golden State finished the game on an 11-0 run.

It's hard to root against the underdog and easy to root against those who we consider to be "too good", for example it is quite easy to find articles these days about how the Warriors are ruining the league. Durant (31 points), Curry (26 points) and Klay Thompson (30 points) combined for 87 points.

Charlotte-area high school basketball star Jonathan Hicklin kind of summed up all Cavs fans watching the NBA Finals this year, even during the points when the games are in doubt. But the Cavs missed their last eight shots and committed a turnover.

Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his 3 - a shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors.

Two games into the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers face a set of seemingly unsolvable problems.

"It was a great stop", Durant said. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

Shropshire knows his team has been here before. "I'm hoping as the series goes on for me, get some more looks and be able knock 'em down". Me personally I gave everything I have.

"They understand the power that they possess together, and I think that's an important dynamic".

Of course, those Warriors didn't have the brilliant Durant on their roster.

Kevin Durant became the third player in National Basketball Association history to score at least 25 points in each of his first eight career National Basketball Association finals games (Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal are the others) - but he saved most of his heroics for late in Wednesday's contest. "It was maybe our toughest in terms of our ability to just hang in there". There are tactics Cleveland could explore, such as forcing Curry to defend pick-and-rolls on every half-court possession, a technique the Cavs got away from in Game 2, but the Warriors are better prepared for that than they have been in the past. One can expect the likes of James, Love and Kyrie Irving to bring their A game.

LeBron cooled down a bit in the third quarter, but he did pick up four assists in the period, and for the first time all series, the rest of the Cavs helped carry the load.

"I thought our team scrapped and competed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Thompson and Green are locked into long-term contracts, but Curry, Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston (the other two crucial pieces to the Warriors' core) are all free agents this summer.

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