Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Cleveland: Defending champion Golden State, powered by 43 points from Kevin Durant, moved to the brink of a third National Basketball Association title in four seasons Wednesday by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102.

Game Four will be in Cleveland Friday night at 9 PM ET, and the Warriors have opened as 4.5-point favorites.

"You know, we've got a lot of depth", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

James threw a pass to himself off the backboard for a slam dunk as Cleveland raced to a 16-4 early lead.

The Warriors took a 3-0 series lead with a 110-102 victory over the Cavaliers.

Durant is coming off a brilliant performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

The continuation of course for the 110-102 primetime match-up comes from past year when LeBron James and crew were also denied a victory by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the GSW in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals after suffering two back-to-back losses.

The Warriors have a 3-0 lead for the second straight year.


After some contentious calls in the first two games, the official Twitter account of the National Basketball Association referees tweeted during game three to confirm James' pass to himself off the backboard was legal.

Lue gave Rodney Hood a chance and the seldom-used forward came through with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. It would be the Cavs' third Finals loss to the Warriors in the past four years.

Game 3 had the start the Cavaliers dreamed of - Love hits a three, J.R. Smith hits a three, more importantly the Cavaliers corralled three offensive rebounds and forced three Warriors turnovers. Curry finally found his stroke from distance, hitting his only 3-pointer of the game to extend Golden State's lead to 101-97 with just under three minutes remaining. He had been starting for Golden State in these playoffs, part of what is known as the Warriors' "Hamptons 5" lineup in a nod to the four players who went on the recruiting trip to lure Kevin Durant to their team two summers ago. To end the first half, he made a 34-foot 3-pointer to trim the deficit to six after the Cavaliers held a 13-point advantage.

Francona ended his postgame news conference after the Indians beat Milwaukee Wednesday by saying, "Go Cavs!"

"We got stagnant", Love said.

"He's definitely an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there", James said. And in the roar, most of the Warriors could do nothing as the Cavs pushed them around down low.

It will be interesting to see how the return of Iguodala impacts Game 3. They seemed to have full control even though a majority of the first half was a close game.

The streets of Cleveland are buzzing in anticipation of magic from their favourite son LeBron James.


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