Golden State Warriors come back to take 3-0 lead

Kevin Durant scored 31 points, seven of them in the closing minutes, and the Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland 118-113 on Wednesday, seizing command of the NBA Finals and extending their undefeated playoff run in dramatic fashion.

Throughout the second half Wednesday night, Cleveland had hope.

Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, "It's so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results".

The Golden State Warriors have taken a 3-0 lead. I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted. "I don't want to relax".

Maybe LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were a little worn out. Should the Warriors stay healthy and together _ and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes _ they should be a title threat every year.

James, who collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of team-mate Tristan Thompson in the first quarter, led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while the impressive Kyrie Irving added 38. Their combined 77 points was the most by a duo in a loss in Finals history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The 2017 Warriors boast of four All-Stars and four-All NBA players in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Green was already working on that as he left Oracle Arena after that gutting Game 7 loss. They found their mojo in the quarter that had bedeviled them the previous two games. James didn't have many words either. "And they gave us everything they had", Lue said. Some say motivation is not getting swept, but I'm not sure the Cavs want to fly back to Cali knowing what will happen in game five in Oracle.

Leading 113-111 heading into the final minute, Cavaliers shooter Kyle Korver missed a triple, giving Golden State a chance to tie it up or take the lead on the next possession.

The Warriors took an early lead, but the Cavs climbed back into it. Cleveland exploded for a big third quarter and the momentum shifted.

Durant, often matched up with James, finished the first quarter with eight points to James' 16. The title may have allowed the team to unseat the 95-96 as the greatest team ever. The only game the 76ers lost in their 1983 championship run was to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"You can tell, he knows this is his moment", Kerr said. Thompson hit four treys in the opening period to help the Warriors finish with a finals-record nine for the period.

But Cleveland emerged from halftime energized. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 15 home games. After playing a quiet game by his standards for the first three quarters, Durant showed the National Basketball Association world and its fans he is able to take the game into his hands and win. It was incredible! They would go down the court on a fast break and pull up for a 3 Point shot. Force them into outside shots, if you can.

No fatigue? James looked tired on that play.

"I think it's just part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty", James said. The club can certainly draw from the perils of last year's playoffs for inspiration as they attempt to close out Cleveland.

He was unguardable and made a 3 Pointer in the final minute of the game to win it [118-113] Warriors. They're playing at a high level. "And he made it".

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