The Cleveland Cavaliers breathed new life into the NBA Finals, leaving two heavy road defeats behind them and revelling in their home surroundings to trounce the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3.
LeBron James top-scored with 32 points and Kyrie Irving racked up 30 – including 16 in a first-quarter blitz – while JR Smith (20 points) and Tristan Thompson (14 points and 13 rebounds) were also important contributors in the resounding victory.
A blistering 33-16 first quarter set the tone at Quicken Loans Arena, and although the Warriors shaved the deficit to just eight points at halftime, the momentum quickly swung back the way of the hosts.
The Cavs outscored the champs by 12 points in the third and cruised to an emphatic 30-point win.
Steph Curry was restricted to 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting, while the team produced a woeful percentage from three-point range, hitting just 9 of 33 attempts.
The rejuvenated finals continue with Game 4 on Saturday morning (AEST).
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