Wednesday night marked the third game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series. The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91. In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists. LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists. The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score. Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists. LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists. The Cavaliers would look to use home court as an advantage and prevent the Warriors from taking a 3-0 lead in the series.
Klay Thompson would start off hot in the first quarter as he drops sixteen points, collecting twelve of them from beyond the arc. Kevin Durant would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn eight points, including two three-pointers. He would collect three defensive rebounds as Stephen Curry would knock down two three-pointers to earn six points. The Warriors would end the first quarter with nine three-pointers made, breaking the NBA record for most three-pointers in a Finals quarter.
On the other end of the court, LeBron James would also go off for sixteen points as he shoots eighty-eight percent from the field. He would knock down two three-pointers while doing so. Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would drill two three-pointers to get himself six points while Kyrie Irving would contribute with six points of his own. Kevin Love would be limited to only two free-throws as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 39 to 32 lead.
LeBron James would continue his shooting display as he adds eleven more points to his scoring total, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so. He would also grab three defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving starts to come alive for eleven points of his own. He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while pulling down two defensive rebounds. Love would continue to struggle as he only collects four points, earning all of them from the charity stripe.
As for the Golden State Warriors, Durant would collect eight more points as he shoots fifty percent from the field. He would jump up to grab two defensive rebounds, as well, while Curry would also score eight points. Curry would earn six of those points from behind the three-point line and the other two from the free-throw line. Thompson would chalk up five points which would contain one three-pointer. Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points as the Oakland team walks in halftime with a 67-61 lead.
The Cleveland Cavaliers would spark a 33 to 22 run in the third quarter as they shoot fifty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to thirty-seven percent. During that run, Irving would go off for eighteen points while collecting two defensive rebounds. He would shoot seventy-three percent from the field while Smith would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points. Three-time NBA champion, LeBron James, would only to be limited to five points as he shoots twenty-nine percent from the field. He would manage to grab two defensive rebounds and throw out four assists to help his teammates. Four-time All-Star, Kevin Love, would only be limited to one three-pointer but he would grab two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the floor, Curry would chalk up six points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc. He would also manage to grab two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds, along with one assist. Draymond Green would also be limited to six points, collecting two of them from the free-throw line. Bench player, Andre Iguodala, would contribute with only two points while Patrick McCaw would come off the bench to contribute with the same amount of points as Iguodala. Klay Thompson would play for ten minutes while being held to two points himself as the Cavaliers would enter the last quarter with a 94-89 lead.
The Warriors would try to finish things off in the fourth period as Durant shoots sixty-seven percent from the field, earning himself fourteen points. He would earn six of those points from behind the three-point line as he pulls down three defensive rebounds. California-native Klay Thompson would contribute with seven points which would include one three-pointer. He would pull down two defensive rebounds as Stephen Curry would drop six points. Curry would also pull down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.
As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would chalk up seven more points to add to his scoring total, knocking down one three-pointer in the process of doing it. James would grab three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds, as well. The 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, would put up five points as he shoots thirty-three percent from the field. Smith would knock down a three-pointer and one free-throw as he is rewarded with four points.
With only fifty-one seconds left in the game, the Cleveland Cavaliers would have a 113-111 lead. Kyle Korver would attempt a three-pointer but would not connect as Kevin Durant comes down the other end of the court to drill a three-pointer, giving the Warriors a 114 to 113 lead. Irving would try to answer back with a three-pointer of his own but would be unsuccessful doing it as Korver would be forced to foul Durant. Kevin Durant would go to the free-throw line to knock down both of his free-throws, giving the Golden State Warriors a 116-113 lead. Out of a 20-second Cavaliers timeout, LeBron would attempt a three-point jumper which was blocked by Andre Iguodala, eventually resulting in a Cavaliers turnover. Stephen Curry would get fouled and sent to the free-throw line to knock down both of his foul shots as the Warriors pull away with a 118-113 win, taking a 3-0 lead in the series. Kevin Durant finished with thirty-one points, nine rebounds and four assists. LeBron James would finish with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.