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FROM clutch heroics to poise under pressure, the Golden State Warriors used lessons learned in last year's heartbreaker NBA Finals loss to Cleveland to take care of business this time.

Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball on offense against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Warriors: Golden State is the 13th team to take a 3-0 lead in Finals, and third since 1996.

"That came up once last night", Green said of the flawless 16-0 post season. No team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and it surely wasn't going to happen against the Warriors, a team that had won an NBA record 73 games in the regular season and showed grit and toughness themselves in the postseason to that point.

They moved to the brink of that with a 118-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

"Obviously KD made some huge plays down the stretch", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who also praised Thompson's late-game defense on Irving.

LeBron James claims he isn't exhausted despite playing over 41 minutes per game in the NBA Finals, but given the fact he's singlehandedly carrying the Cavaliers, it would be hard not to be.

But Golden State with Durant is on another level than the teams Cleveland roughed up in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs just couldn't hold them down long enough.

Some people may argue their greatness, but James won't.

James looked at ABC's blockbuster television ratings and said it's great for the National Basketball Association. The Cavaliers may need him to play 48 minutes to have any chance of extending the series.

James got it going early, scoring in the paint at will and taking advantage of the lack of a shot-blocking center among the Warriors.

The NBA's best postseason run is the 15-1 mark of the 2001 Lakers, while the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers went 12-1. "But you're going against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it's definitely draining". And if that win comes tonight, it will cap off a remarkable, ideal 16-0 postseason. "So we made enough plays tonight to still win the ballgame, but they made a couple more", added James, via ESPN.

"The way you do that is they remember some of the moments they were in of extreme confidence, Kevin (Durant) included, from being up 3-1 against them", Jefferson said. It doesn't matter how we get there. "We're confident in him taking that shot every time".

The 2017 Warriors boast of four All-Stars and four-All NBA players in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

That's mostly because of Durant, the former NBA MVP who signed with the Warriors in July. The Warriors recovered it, Curry hit two free throws, and the game was over.

But it comes by recalling the pain of last year's finals. "And they're playing like one of the best teams once again".

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