Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Golden State takes 3-0 lead with 118-113 win

Golden State takes 3-0 lead with 118-113 win

But if Cleveland can find its three-point shot to help take some of the pressure on offense off LeBron James, it could at least avoid a sweep and send this series back to Golden State.

The Warriors set the North American sports playoff win streak mark with their 15th consecutive triumph, moving past the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins' 14-game run from the 1992 and 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs. They have to play smarter if they want to extend this series beyond four games. And when they finally got a close one, they showed why their roster is the envy of just about every other team, with the long-range shooting of Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, and the defensive wizardry of Draymond Green and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

James was an assist short of another triple-double in the finals with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

"And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's-you hope eventually it's going to take its toll", Kerr added. To see that go in, that was liberating, man. The Cavs had this game - they were one or two plays away from getting back in the series, but the Warriors took the Cavs best punch and delivered the knock out blow. The Cavaliers also turned up the defense a notch and held the Warriors to 22 points in the quarter.

Durant, though, was not going to be denied. Durant was 10-for-18 from the field, including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.

James had 27 first-half points and Irving 17, but no one else had more than six for the Cavs.

The Cavs have been unable to get big performances from their three stars at the same time.

If beat the Cavaliers in Game 4 in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, they will be the first team to go undefeated in an National Basketball Association playoffs. It proved to be true again in the fourth quarter of Game 3. Point guard Steph Curry scored 26 points and led the team in rebounding with 13. It just wasn't enough as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant show again that it will take more than a near flawless game of basketball to beat these Golden State Warriors. Then Kyrie Irving missed the 2-for-1 and missed the game-changing shot.

James suffered a scary moment late in the first quarter when he collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of teammate Tristan Thompson, bringing a hush over what had been a raucous crowd. But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get exhausted.

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