The Cavs gave the Warriors everything they could handle, but it ultimately wasn’t enough as Golden State was able to get a 110-102 win in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead behind a career playoff high from Kevin Durant, who finished with 43 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.
The Warriors did it despite one of the most brutal shooting performances of Steph Curry’s career, as he shot just 3-of-16 from the field overall and was 1-of-10 from downtown after his historic outing in Game 2.
LeBron James led the way for Cleveland with a 33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals, and a pair of blocks, but his Cavs now face an insurmountable series deficit that no team in NBA history has ever recovered from. His nemesis Durant was absolutely unstoppable all game long, not only showing off the full offensive repertoire, but finding his teammates and crashing the boards and playing solid defense.
He also hit yet another dagger with under a minute remaining that was eerily reminiscent of the one he hit in last year’s Finals.
The Warriors started the game 0-for-6 from downtown, while the Cavs raced out to a 12-point first quarter advantage and led by as many as 13 before the half. Golden State, however, came all the way back and made it a 58-52 margin heading into the break behind 24 first-half points from Durant.
The Cavs’ role players were more aggressive early, with J.R. Smith scoring 10 points in the first half, and Kevin Love attacking the boards like he was back in Minnesota and going off for 15 first-half points on 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Rodney Hood got the minutes Ty Lue promised, and despite widespread mocking among the media, he made the most of them, putting up 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and getting some well-deserved love from his peers around the league.