Warriors fight off Cavaliers to win Game 3, on verge of sweep

Grant SmithJun 08, 2018

Well, while LeBron James and his hometown team are now down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Brown believes there's still hope for the Cavs.

Kevin Durant put the Golden State Warriors on his back in Game 3 last night, lifting the defending champs to a commanding 3-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Playing at home for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Cavaliers jumped on Golden State early - opening up 12-point leads in both the first and second quarters. They got a little of both. Kevin Durant poured in a game-high and career playoff-high 43 points. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line.

Golden State had no intentions of messing around in game two.

In his series debut, Iguodala had eight points on three-for-four shooting, two rebounds, one assist - and one scare.

In the time since he left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors two years ago, Kevin Durant has heard plenty from fans.

And Durant worked them with cruel efficiency. But I think having guys that get so excited about a good play, a good block or a good rotation or a good shot or dagger shot. "So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan".

The Cavs' big man, who has been targeted defensively by the Warriors over the course of the rivalry, was relentless in the first half. Smith had 10 points.

After watching the ball swish through the net, a deadpan Durant casually walked to the Warriors' bench while Curry was in his face yelling ecstatically and Draymond Green behind him cursing with joy.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. I feel like, like I said, the only thing that would've changed is the fact that it would have opened up - I mean, this (Finals series) isn't even over right now, so if something goes wrong it would be the same thing.

But, like many others, the Oakland Raiders tight end believes that tonight's game - the first one this series in Cleveland - is critical. But the Warriors handed out seven more assists and outran the Wine & Gold on the break, 19-11. Durant was 3-for-4 on three-pointers, the rest of his team was 1-for-10 from distance in the half. But Golden State went on a 14-4 run to tie the contest at 26-apiece. Three. Point switching. We didn't come together on [defensive] switching. He kept the Warriors close with his shooting (well, that and the off-ball movement that continues to lead to lay-up after lay-up for the Warriors).

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