They played well enough to win this game, but bad defensive execution down the stretch and Kevin Durant proved too much for Cleveland to overcome. "And Kevin was the story in the second half, closing it out". That lineup extended a razor-thin one-point lead with 7:34 left in the fourth quarter to cruise for the win.
"I mean, it's nearly like playing the [New England] Patriots", James said.
JR Smith was the third Cavalier starter to tally double-figures but, like Love, did most of his damage early - tallying 10 of his 13 points before intermission, going 3-of-10 from long-range, 5-of-14 from the floor overall to go with a game-high three steals.
Turning Point - There were eight ties and 11 lead-changes in the second half of Game 3, but the contest might actually have been decided before the Red Panda Acrobat ever rolled her unicycle out for halftime. We know throughout the course of a 48-minute game, there are going to be plays where it was miscue here or a miscue there.
They built a lead as big as 13.
With the Warriors up 3-0 on the Cavs, at this point it's nearly a foregone conclusion that LeBron James will fall to 1-3 in the Finals against the Warriors. I got us winning the series, that's my prediction...More news: The biggest Xbox Sale of the Year kicks off later this week
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Kevin Love, for example, has seen his scoring production drop from 16.5 points per game on the road this post-season to just over 12 per game at home. Cleveland also sank a Finals-record 24 3-pointers and shot a franchise postseason record 59.8 percent from the field in Game 4.
This one, which ended in a 110-102 win by the Warriors, who now have a 3-0 lead in the series, did not have the drama and the palpably foul taste of a wasted opportunity that Game 1 did. Golden State would hold on for a momentum-switching victory and 3-0 series lead.
While adding James to the Warriors would be an embarrassment of riches and likely require sacrifices elsewhere on the roster, Golden State can at least feel secure Durant wants to return given his latest comments. He rewarded Lue with 15 points and a strong game.
Coming off a Game 2 in which he attacked, distributed and performed yeoman's work defensively on LeBron James while Curry dazzled from distance, Durant moved front and center in the Warriors' offense.
Instead of being sleepless from watching game video after a Game 4 loss, Durant hopes to be sleepless from celebrating a second National Basketball Association title and perhaps a second Finals MVP trophy. I was like yelling the wrong thing. I'm calling LeBron in seven, I'm just calling it.