With a win in Game 4 on Friday night, Golden State (above during Game 3 on Wednesday) can exorcise those haunting demons from past year when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry #30 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors react late in the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kevin Durant drained the shot of his professional life - a 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left - and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. We'll get him out, get him right back in.
And besides LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the supporting cast put up ugly numbers. For the Cavaliers, a win would be the first step toward becoming the first National Basketball Association team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the Finals.
The Cavaliers might have beaten anybody else the way they played, just as they did in Game 3 of last year's Finals and as they did while rolling into the Finals with a 12-1 record.
"Even when you're playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they have guys that are going to make plays", he said.
James led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while Kyrie Irving added 38 in an electrifying performance.
"It was just ideal timing at the right moment", Iguodala said. Win this game, and suddenly it's a series they know they can win. After two lopsided losses to start the N.B.A. finals, the Cavaliers fell in line behind him as they spent much of last night fending off the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs went to Irving, who was guarded by Klay Thompson just like he was on Christmas Day when Irving hit a game victor on the very same court.
Swingman Klay Thompson got a crucial defensive stop on Irving with less than 30 seconds to go that sealed the game for the Warriors.
James had 27 points in the first half; Irving had 21 points in the second. The Cavs went the last three minutes and change in Game 3 without a bucket. It's the first time the same two teams have met in the Finals for three consecutive years. Game 3 of the NBA Finals felt like one because of the way it ended, the fast-furious run of 11 points after J.R.'s three.