The Golden State Warriors stuns the crowd in Quicken Loans Arena as they pull out a tough 118-113 road win in game three of the NBA Finals.
Going into last night’s game, we all expected a slugfest, and a slugfest is what we got. Cleveland was clinging on to their championship hopes and Golden State was looking to take complete control of this series. The intensity was high and emotions were running all over place.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both stepped up for the Cavs, both putting on splendid performances, seemingly carrying the Cavs the whole way through.
James led the way with 39 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Irving followed suit scoring 38 points.
Last night was by far the best game the Cavs have played so far in these finals. Kevin Love crashed the boards, J.R. Smith finally got his offense going, Kyle Korver provided a spark off the bench, and it seemed like the Cavs were clicking at the right time.
But, yet again, it wasn’t enough to hold off the Warriors.
With time running down in the fourth and the Cavs up one, Warriors’ forward, Kevin Durant, came down the floor. Durant pulled up for three over James’s contested arm and knocked down the go ahead three for the Warriors that sucked the life out of the arena.
The Cavs found themselves down by three with only seconds left on the clock. They inbounded the ball to James in the corner and as he tried to lift up for a potential game tying three, Warriors’ forward, Andre Iguodala, stripped the ball from James and sealed the deal on the Warriors comeback victory.
As James exited the floor you can see a sense of exhaustion and disappointment. The Cavs had this game in complete control, but they took their foot off Golden State’s neck and paid for it.
The Warriors finished the fourth quarter with a 11-0 run.
It was so silent following Durant’s three that you could hear a pin drop. Such disappointment as Cavs fans left Quicken Loans Arena in total disbelief.
Durant shot his way to 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Steph Curry was right behind him finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
With the Warriors now up 3-0 on the Cavs, they sit just one game away from being crowned champions. For the Cavs, all they can do now is pray for another historic comeback as their backs are now against the wall.
Will Golden State close the deal in Cleveland? Will Durant finally capture his first NBA title?
Game four of the NBA Finals will be tomorrow night, at 9 p.pm., in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.