Greatest Ever? Warriors Beat Cavaliers to Move One Win From Perfection

And that helped build chemistry between Durant and 3-point sharpshooters Curry and Thompson as they unite for an National Basketball Association title, the first for Durant. "But now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job?"

"You have to trust everything that you've worked on and everything you've put into this game", Irving said. "It's on you", Green told Myers.

"Kevin Durant is a once in a lifetime player", Thomas said, "I don't think our league has ever seen a player like a Kevin Durant who is so unique".

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Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead over defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers with a 118-113 victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. "Another challenge for us to get better and go against a great team".

Even with his deflated fourth-quarter numbers, though, LeBron is still doing enough.

James ended up playing 46 of the 48-minute contest.

And he continues to do his best work late. LeBron James scored 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyrie Irving added 38 points.

"They made shots and we didn't", LeBron said afterwards. And I thought that gave them confidence, gave their crowd confidence. With under a minute left and Cleveland leading 113-111, the game was in LeBron's hands.

"Obviously K.D. made some huge plays down the stretch", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Korver's corner three was long and Durant, after grabbing the rebound, started the break and ended it with a pull-up jumper.


LeBron refused to buy into the notion that he was worn out even though Kerr told he players to keep attacking because eventually James and Irving would tire.

"My mindset is to try to get every game". That's just 27.3 percent. Kevin scored 31 points 14 of which came in the 4th quarter.

After the Warriors went up, Irving missed a three-pointer from his favorite spot on the right side and the Warriors closed it out with four free throws in the final 12.9 seconds. Need proof? James played 45 minutes and 37 seconds Wednesday, spending just 2 minutes and 23 seconds of the game on the bench.

There is nothing to suggest that Cleveland can avoid the sweep. But history turned to infamy when they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers, the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history.

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith would enjoy shattering the flawless playoff run.

Game 4 tips off Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.

"I've been working on that shot my whole life", said Durant, who has averaged 34 points through the first three games of the Finals.

Durant, seeking his first career title after joining the Warriors from Oklahoma City last July, and Curry scored on drives to the hoop to pull Golden State within two.

Warriors: Golden State is the 13th team to take a 3-0 lead in Finals, and third since 1996.

Trying to out-shoot the Warriors is a fool's errand, and the Cavs have fallen into that trap. "Of course, you're deflated from losing a game that you should have won". "It doesn't matter until we get that 16th one".

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