The Warriors go into the Quicken Loans arena for the second straight year and take a 3-0 series lead. They took Cleveland's best punch after erasing a double digit deficient in the first half and taking two point lead into the 4th. Despite sub par scoring games from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant was special and showed why the gap for the best in the world is closer than people may think.
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Kevin Durant scored a game high 43 points on just 23 shot attempts making 15 and a team high 13 rebounds. He also made 6 of 9 from three and hit a huge three in the fourth (something similar he did in Game 3 of last year's Finals) putting his Warriors up 106-100 with just under forty seconds remaing in the game. Cavs coach Tyronne Lue and his players had no answer for Durant and his efficiency from the field. His combination of length, savvy, and skill was just too much for them. Now with the Champs one win away from defending their title not sure how anyone can keep another Finals MVP from him.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 7 for 27 from the field and 3 for 15 from three for 21 total points. Curry didn't make his first three until the 2nd half. Draymond Green and Javale McGee had 10 points a piece while Green led the team with 9 assist. The Warriors also got a huge boost with the return of Former Finals MVP Andre Igoudala who missedthe first two games after a knee contusion in the Western Conference Finals. He played 22 minutes contributing 8 points but still didn't quite look 100%.
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LeBron James who had another Finals triple-double but once again his 33 points, 11 assist, and 10 rebounds were not enough to get his Cavs in the win column. He got more help from other's not named Kevin Love who finished with another double-double (20 points and 13 rebounds). Those two have been the only consistent Cavs in these Finals but those two All-Stars are ultimately are not enough.
JR Smith played better with 13 points and 3 made three's but still not consistently enough for a starting two guard in the NBA Finals. Reserve Rodney Hood who has hardly played came in and gave the team a spark off the bench with 15 points.
Now with the Cavs officially on the verge of elimination on Friday night, and the Warrior's in the driver's seat for another championship the question that will be asked all summer long will be what will LeBron James the best player in the world do moving forward? I know one thing, if the Cavs get swept it won't be good for the Cleveland organization.
Game 4: Friday 6/8 6:00 PT
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