The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit in their NBA Finals clash with the Golden State Warriors but said on Thursday the defending champions can still expect plenty of fightback. Kevin Durant had a triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 108-85 victory, earning another NBA Finals MVP Award.
Klay Thompson, who did not score in the first half, scored 10 points to lead Golden State to an 86-65 lead after three quarters.
Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers a year ago - also down 3-0 to the Warriors, they won by 19 to force one more game - to prepare, knowing they'd face a focused opponent.
Playing 41 minutes, Bron finished with 23 points, 8 dimes and 7 rebounds.
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Shaw has been a photographer for Getty Images for 20 years, charged with the hard task of taking a sport as kinetic as basketball and capturing it into still moment for both next-day recaps and basketball historians who will look back on the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry for years to come.
The Warriors used a dominant third quarter to build a 21-point lead that left the Cavaliers' hopes of a series comeback in their wake.
"I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn't succeed getting past a Boston, getting past the San Antonios of the league or whatever the case may be", he said.
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For the Warriors, with Durant in his second season with Golden State, their team chemistry has only gotten stronger.
That depth proved to be too much for a Cleveland team that lacked options after LeBron James. That gave him a game-high 13 points. Curry went 7-for-15 behind the arc after making just one of 10 attempts in Game 3.
If the Warriors finish this off - no team in National Basketball Association history has blown a 3-0 series lead - then all the hiccups of the regular season will be forgotten.
Still, the air of inevitability that came with this championship made for a different feeling than, say, how the Washington Capitals celebrated winning the Stanley Cup the previous night.
James described that Game 1 loss as "very emotional" for him. Will the aging superstar leave the Cleveland Cavaliers a second time, as he did earlier in his career when he joined the Miami Heat and won two championships?
Stephen Curry was 3-16 from the field, with only 11 points, a rare performance for this all star.
James left to a standing ovation after playing 41 of the game's first 44 minutes.
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