LeBron James went for 40 points (14-of-34 FG), 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late Warriors surge and claimed Game 3 – 96-91 (ESPN.com).
No Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love, no problem.
Coming into the NBA Finals, James and his Cavaliers were heavy outsiders to claim the title. Now, after three games, and three gritty team performances, the depleted Cavs side are barely outsiders (according to Sportsbet.com).
Through the first three outings, LeBron has played 142 of a possible 154 minutes, scoring 123 points off 107 attempts (ESPN.com).
Cleveland led 72-55 as the fourth quarter got underway, and the Warriors looked down and out.
Insert Stephen Curry. The MVP found his groove late in the game, draining a bundle of threes that kept the Warriors in with a fighting chance. Curry finished with 27 points (10-of-20 FG, 7-of-13 3FG), 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
Matthew Dellavedova’s defence has been a talking point, and in Game 2 he was great. But it was his effort and spark on offense in Game 3 that had everyone talking. He added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Aussie was rushed to hospital after the game and was treated for severe cramping.
In the end, the Warriors ran out of time as the Cavs sealed the deal at the charity strike.
Andre Iguodala has arguably been Golden State’s best player this series. Andre’s flair and output on the offensive end should see him get more minutes in the next couple of games, as the Warriors try to recapture their fourth-quarter antics from Game 3.
Game 3 is on Friday (12 June) at 11:00am (AEST).