Golden State on cusp of sweep

LeBron James perfectly shuts down questions about whether he's tired

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said he had a feeling at Friday morning's shootaround that, despite being down 3-0 heading into the night, his team would come out and play like this.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still the NBA's current champion with essentially the same team from last year's title and it was particularly cruel they had to spend three days at home enduring a debate about whether these Golden State Warriors are the greatest team ever. Not again, the Warriors felt. "Let's go win and then we can savor a championship however we want. We feel like that should be part of the game". The Cavs gave the Warriors their best shot, but Golden State still won 118-113.

Yes, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers were in this exact same spot a year ago.

However, referee John Goble later clarified to ABC's Mike Breen that the first-half tech was on Warriors coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors cut the lead to 37-27 before Draymond Green was called for a technical foul (or so we thought), and that's when Love put the finishing touches on that first-quarter run with a free throw and one more 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining.

The Warriors will look to close the series out in five back home at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.

They are all but certain to win these finals. We beat some great teams.

They couldn't do it in this same situation a year ago. Cleveland also set the record for most three-point shots made in an NBA Finals game with 24.

The Clippers seemingly make sense because of James' residence in Los Angeles and his friendship with Chris Paul, but why the Lakers?

The Warriors simply were overrun from the outset. Two of the misses were from three, although he hit four from distance as well.

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The Cavs scored 49 points, a record for any quarter in Finals history.

If there is one truth about today's National Basketball Association players it's that they read and hear every word said about them. He made 10 of his first 12 shots, while Curry made only one of seven. Having played almost as many minutes as starting center Zaza Pachulia, McGee has been seamlessly incorporated into the system by interim head coach Mike Brown and has developed into a key player off the bench. "That's fine, though. That's the type of attitude we have to have as a team". "So that first quarter they came out and hit us with that fantastic punch; 49 points in the first quarter is way too much".

The saying goes that you don't question the heart of a champion and in the crazed rush to place the Warriors in historical context it gets forgotten that the Cavaliers are the reigning champions and they weren't going to just roll over.

Durant, still one win from the coveted championship he left Oklahoma City to get, scored 35 points but got little help from Stephen Curry, who scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting.

Love finished with a team-high 14 points in a dazzling 49-point quarter. Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith stepped up in Game 3, but Kevin Love then disappeared.

In a 22-point loss in Game 1, the Cavs needed a big man to clog the lane like the ill-fated Andrew Bogut, whose Cavs career lasted 58 seconds.

Cleveland is in position to keep that streak going. "You've got a freight train and a guy who's the best in the world playing downhill like that".

If not for Cleveland's Kyle Korver missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3, the series would be 2-2. His decision to leave Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in 2010 was one of the more well-known attempts to create a super team led by three players at the top of their game.



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