Warriors snatch Victory from the jaws of defeat 118-113; It could be all over in game five

June 7, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) battle for a loose ball during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Cleveland- The Warriors, leading 2 games to none in the NBA Finals, knowing that Game three of the best-of-seven series was going to be a dogfight, had their work cut out for them. They knew that they lost game three last year, also in Cleveland. They entered the game with a lot of determination to not let that happen again. Last year Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Dubs and win the championship. With all of this on their collective mind, the Dubs outscored the Cavs 39-32 in the first quarter. They were hoping to get the jump on the Cavs and stun them. The Cavs, behind the play of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, kept the game close and did not let the Dubs sprint to a big half-time leads. The Cavs won the second quarter 29-28 and trailed by six 67-61 after 24 minutes of play.

In the third quarter, the Cavs took it to the Dubs. The Warriors usually own the third quarter but not on Wednesday night. Kyrie Irving was a force as was LeBron James  The Cavs outscored the Dubs by eleven 33-22 and led 94-89 at the end of the period. The Warriors tried to close the gap, but the Cavs seemed to have an answer for all the challenges. The Warriors’ ace defensive player, Draymond Green, picked up his fourth personal foul early in the quarter and had to leave the game.

The Cavs continued to play well, and the Warriors were not able to stop them on defense. Draymond came back into the game and picked up his fifth personal. One more and he would have to leave the game for good. Draymond did not foul out and he along with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry was able to stop the Cavs’ offense in the last three minutes of the game. The crowd was roaring as the Cavaliers answered every Golden State challenge. If the Dubs made a 3-pointer, Cleveland answered with a three-pointer. The Cavs led 113-107 with less than three minutes to play in the game. Kevin Durant and the Dubs shut the Cleveland offense down and went on an 11-0 run to finish the game and win 118-113 to take a 3-0 lead over Cleveland in the Finals. The Dubs are one game away from their second championship in three years. Keep in mind, no NBA team has ever come back to win the crown after trailing 3-0. The Warriors, however, know that Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit last year to win. The Warriors will not lose focus when they meet Friday night in Game Four.

Game Notes and stats- The Warriors extended their winning streak to 15-0 in the finals. If they win on Friday, they will be the first team to go undefeated in the playoffs. Another interesting fact is that the Dubs have won 30 of the last 31 games that they have played.

The Dubs’ big three of Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant all had big games. Klay, who had been in a shooting slump until last Sunday’s game, tallied 30 points. He had 6 rebounds and had to guard Kyrie Irving. As mentioned earlier, Irving was a force as he scored 38 in a losing cause. Klay did his best to contain him, but Irving plays better in Cleveland and averages 10 points per game more when he is on his home court. Kevin Durant ended the game with 31 points, 4 assists, 8 rebounds, and one blocked shot. Durant had 16 in the first half but was shut out for most of the third period. KD Got it going in the fourth quarter, and his three-point shot late in the game put the Dubs ahead for the first time since early in the third period. Curry had a double-double. Steph kicked in with 26 points, 6 assists, and 13 big rebounds. Draymond Green had 8 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds and he, too, blocked a shot. The Warriors’ bench Led by Andre Iguodala, David West, and Shaun Livingston pitched in with seven, seven, and six respectively.

LeBron James led the Cavs almost had a triple-double. He scored 39 points, with 9 assists, and 11 boards. Kyrie Irving followed with 38. J.R.Smith, who had been ineffective, the first two games of the series, woke up and made five 3-pointers and ended the night with 16 points. Kevin Love had nine points and 13 rebounds. Tristan Thompson was held scoreless, and he has just 8 points in the first three games. He had just three rebounds. Kyle Korver pitched in with 8. The Cavaliers bench as a whole scored just 11 points. The Warriors depth was on display in game three.

The Warriors and Cavs meet Friday night again at the Quicken Arena in Cleveland. Game time is at 6 pm. Fans should watch this game as the Dubs have a chance to make NBA history with a win.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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