The NBA Finals are officially interesting again. After the most lopsided start to a championship series in league history through the first two games, the Cleveland Cavaliers climbed out of the cellar to dominate the Golden State Warriors from wire-to-wire with a 120-90 win.
No Kevin Love? No problem. LeBron James had his best outing of series so far as he put up a game-high 32 points on 14-of-26 from the floor, to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists (and one absolutely filthy alley-oop jam). But the Cavs were also buttressed by a pair of blistering performances from Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith.
Irving spearheaded the Cavs’ hot start as he went off for 16 first-quarter points to help Cleveland race out to a 33-16 lead. He finished with 30 points and dished out eight assists while going 3-of-7 from downtown. After scoring just eight points combined in Games 1 and 2, Smith erupted on Wednesday night as well, adding 20 points on 50 percent shooting.