Cavs not looking to slow down pace of Finals with Warriors

Kevin Durant made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 in the NBA Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night.

Thompson is averaging 8.6 rebounds through the 2017 playoffs thus far, but has yet to crack a four rebounds in a game in these NBA Finals.

The Cavs led with just over three minutes remaining before Golden State went on an 11-0 run to finish game three.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant shoots over Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

Going in its favor, Cleveland is 5-1 at Quicken Loans Arena in the 2017 postseason and 14-2 it its past 16 playoff games at The Q overall.

Smith, 31, admitted that he believed in the message that the Cavaliers could become the first National Basketball Association team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series.

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.

"I'm glad the fans gave him the ovation he deserved", said Klay Thompson, of Kerr.

But the heavy minutes Cleveland's superstars were forced to play may have taken their toll down the stretch.

CLEVELAND (AP) - One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title.

Harden and Westbrook appear to be neck-and-neck for the prestigious award, each with outstanding regular season stats and unprecedented feats that helped the two guards lead their teams to a postseason berth. "I've played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

"We play at our pace". Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant's arrival and is healthy in these NBA Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.

Things looked good for the Cavs when they put up a 33-point third quarter and carried their momentum into the fourth. Cleveland was able to hang in with the Warriors in the first half Sunday, which gives some credence to Lue's approach. G Deron Williams has missed each of his 11 shots in the series.

"We have a huge hurdle to get over tomorrow (Game 3)", Curry said. "I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could". "I saw he (James) was playing his heels behind the 3-point line". I see nothing preventing them from going to eight to 10 straight Finals.

The Cavaliers might have beaten anybody else the way they played, just as they did in Game 3 of last year's Finals and as they did while rolling into the Finals with a 12-1 record.

Lue is simply asking LeBron James to do too much on the court. He delivered another performance that reminded everyone he remains the NBA's best player. He also insisted that his team was better off playing at a high tempo than trying to slow down the Warriors.

  • Jo Lloyd