With the exception of Game 1, this game was one of the most exciting of this series with another back-and-forth display between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. But in the end, the Warriors were just too much for the Cavs and now hold a commanding 3-0 series lead behind the masterful performance from Kevin Durant in the 110-102 win. No team has ever come back from such a deficit, and it will take a miracle for LeBron James to do so with the way things are going.
5. Cavs Did a Nice Job of Limiting Warriors All-Stars
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson had a combined 14 points with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. You can't ask for better defense from the Cavs, who were mixing up schemes in doubling up Curry, who absolutely torched them in Game 2 from beyond the 3-point line. Unfortunately, that left Kevin Durant open all game and he took advantage of his opportunities. That's the advantage of having an All-Star lineup.
4. Cavs Supporting Cast Finally Showed Up
Head coach Tyronn Lue preached balance all week long and he got it. Kevin Love improved on defense, while his scoring remained consistent and Rodney Hood looked solid coming off the bench for a struggling George Hill. He finished with 15 points. Had it been any other team but the Warriors, the Cavs might have gotten a win tonight.
3. LeBron James Quietly Had an Off Night
From what we have seen throughout his career and through this postseason especially, LeBron James has raised our expectations to incredible heights that sometimes are unreasonable. His triple-double performance was fantastic, but he missed a few open shots when his team needed a bucket. James finished with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. A great night, but not his best.
2. The Refs Again Were Questionable
At one point, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was so disgusted, he put the refs on blast in a since-deleted tweet. Cleveland didn't even get a chance to step to the free-throw line in the first quarter, with James getting called quite a few times for bullying his smaller opponents. It's not likely a few more calls would have made a difference, but it's something to note coming off Game 2's controversial contest.
1. Kevin Durant Was a Beast...Again
It's a pick-your-poison lineup with the Golden State Warriors. It might be Curry one night, it might be Klay Thompson the other. Tonight, it was Kevin Durant who got a lot more one-on-one looks. His 43-point performance was just an onslaught and his mid-range game turned into a 3-point rain dance at the most critical points in the game. He hit a 3-pointer with under a minute left that gave the Warriors a six-point lead and put the Cavs to bed in Game 3.