FULL HIGHLIGHTS: Cavs Build Big Lead, Hold On Down The Stretch To Take 2-1 Lead, 96-91
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It had been eight long years since the Cleveland Cavaliers organization hosted an NBA Finals game. The time has come for a city hungry for a championship to have a crucial game on their home floor. Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Cavs and Warriors was definitely an exciting one.
To start the game, the crowd was electric. LeBron drew first blood with a driving layup on the very first possession. The Cavs continued to feed off the crowd’s energy but Golden State stayed close. With a little over three minutes left James Jones nailed a three-pointer while being fouled and converted the 4 point play. JJ and Mike Miller showed off their championship pedigree with some great hustle plays to close out the first quarter. The Cavs would lead 24-20 going into the 2nd.
In the first three minutes of the second quarter JR Smith scored 5 points and appeared to get his stroke back. The Cavs and Warriors fought back and forth playing great defense and making good plays. Shumpert knocked down a big 3 and Golden State answered back with a dunk from David Lee and big buckets from Igoudala. To end the half James Jones caught a bullet pass from LeBron and nailed the 3 pointer. At the half LeBron had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Curry only 3 points on 1-6 shooting, and Andre Igoudala was the Warriors most effective player.
The Cavs came out a bit stagnant in the 2nd half. That didn’t last long, after a Delly floater and 3 pointer, the Cavs lead was extended to 10 and the Warriors called a timeout. But the Cavs were not done there, just a few minutes after the timeout they went on a 12-0 run. Contributions were made from everyone on the floor. The lead was stretched to 20 in the 3rd quarter and the Q was rocking! At the end of the 3rd the Cavs led by 17 with a score of 72-55.
The 4th quarter was a roller coaster ride. Golden State did not stop fighting despite the deficit. The Warriors went on a 13-2 run and cut the lead to 6. They continued to fight and trim the lead down. The Cavs would extend the lead to 5 off a ferocious alley oop by LeBron. But the dubs were not done, Steph Curry began to get hot and nailed a 3 to make it only a 1 point game. Cleveland went on a run of their own and LeBron hit a huge 3 and extended the lead to 7. Then again Curry was hot he hit two 3 pointers in the last 30 seconds. LeBron was great at the free throw line late and iced this game for the Cavs.
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Curry did finish with 27 points despite only having 3 in the first half. Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut were non factors. Matthew Dellavedova had a terrific performance with 20 points. LeBron James again tallied 40 points. Along with scoring he grabbed 12 rebounds and 8 assists. We are witnessing arguably the greatest performance in NBA Finals history from the King.
The winner of game 3 in the NBA Finals wins the series 84% of the time. There is still a lot of basketball to be played but the Cavs chances are increasing. Game 4 is Thursday at 9 PM and it is sure to be a great one.
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