- Golden State Warriors 118-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
- GSW lead the 7 match series 3-0
- Game 4 to be played on June 10 at 6:30 am IST
Game 3 was a thrilling match that served as a testament to the magnitude of both teams and the individuals within them. Looking to defend home court, Cleveland came up short as Golden State used a late unanswered 11 runs to bounce back and win Game 3 with a score of 118-113. Kevin Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left and the Warriors took control, building a 3-0 series lead in the finals and remaining unbeaten in the postseason at 15-0.
Leading 2-0 in the finals the Golden State Warriors went to Cleveland and the home stadium of the Cleveland Warriors looking to increase their lead. Having dominated the first 2 matches with their unmatched passing and brilliant defending, the GSW led by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were quietly confident of notching up another victory. Cleveland finally received the performances they had been craving for in the first two matches but even in the Cavs’ most complete performance of the series, it wasn’t enough to resist the world Warriors side.
LeBron James was sensational and looked to take the game away single handily from the Warriors as he had done last season. He was incredibly efficient as a scorer (39 points on 27 shots). His half court defense on Durant was significantly better than the first two games, and he imposed his will physically all over the court not letting passes go through. This time it seemed he would have the requisite help for a victory from one of his teammates as Kyrie Irving (38 points) was at his best, pirouetting into the lane and finishing with buttery layups at the rim. Unfortunately for them, the class of Kevin Durant shone through for the Warriors as he cemented his MVP performance with another scintillating performance, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors, despite 18 turnovers, despite 77 points from James and Irving, and despite trailing in the fourth quarter, were simply too much for the Cavaliers. Durant, Thompson and Stephen Curry all had big games, enough to ensure that they went on an 11-0 run to ensure that they edge a cracker of a match by 5 points.
The Warriors go into match 4 of the Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena knowing fully well what happened last year when they blew a 3-1 lead in the finals to lose 4-3 to the Cavaliers. hats different this year for them though is their style of play and their team which means the Warriors are threatening to become the first team in NBA history to go 16–0 in the playoffs. And now, a comeback for the Cavaliers looks as impossible as ever.