Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to go 3-0 up

Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to go 3-0 up

"Even when you're playing well, you've got to play like A plus plus, because they're going to make runs, they're going to make shots and they've got guys who are going to make plays".

Undoubtedly the presence of Durant makes Curry and the other Warriors better. "He took over. You can tell he knows this is his moment". He's been an unbelievable player in this league for a long time, and I think ... he senses this is his time, his moment, his team.

Cleveland: Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have only been together for one playoff run, but the Golden State Warriors' pairing appears ready to be considered among the NBA's most impressive partnerships.

Klay Thompson, who scored 16 first-quarter points, accounted for a game-high six 3-pointers. "We didn't let a call we didn't like or a turnover or a missed assignment linger over to the next play".

"We all bring a little something different to the table and the pieces of that puzzle fit really well", Curry said. "It doesn't matter how we get there".

"We learned from our mistakes", Green said.

With their win, the Warriors improved to 15-0 in the playoffs and are on the verge of a fifth championship and second in three years.

LeBron James shook off a knee-buckling blow to the chin while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on JR Smith's three-pointer. "It's probably the ... most firepower I've played in my career". "I've had a few bad tastes in my mouth from what happened in the Finals, so and I've always had that feeling so it never changed for me".

The Cleveland Cavaliers staved off NBA Finals elimination and ended Golden State's shot at an unprecedented ideal run through the playoffs with a gritty 137-116 win over the Warriors in Cleveland on Friday night.

Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3
The Golden State Warriors were down by two with less than a minute to play in a hostile Quicken Loans Arena. In the post-season they were similarly fantastic losing only three times on their way to the championship.

"Listen, at the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourself in position to play another game, and we did that tonight and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here", James said. "You win a championship, then you lose one in heartbreaking fashion, you've pretty much seen everything at that point". And it comes down to who executes, who takes care of the ball, who gets back in transition. Pulling a page from the Warriors' book, some of the Cavs' best fast-break looks came not from running to the rim, but from pulling up at the three-point line as Warriors' defenders retreated to the paint. For the fourth consecutive time, the Warriors failed to win a closeout game against the Cavs. "Both those guys were incredible".

They moved to the brink of that with a 118-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Irving said he scans social media for such slights as premature celebration talk. And then, he hit one of the biggest shots of his 10-year career in the kind of free-flowing way that is so much easier because of the embarrassment of riches that surrounds him.

"I mean, when [he] told me that in December or January after I played a bad game and I wasn't as aggressive as I should be, I was like, 'Get the f- out of here, '" Durant told The Post with a big smile. "But it definitely hurts". He had a chance tie the game in the final seconds of Game 2, but came up short.

Durant hit a 26-foot jumper to put the Warriors ahead with 45 seconds remaining and they saw out their win.

"Steph is one of the best players in the world, one of the best players ever", Durant said.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 40 points. But since 2012, with the Thunder failing to get back to the Finals, the rivalry has been one decided on paper more than in action.

"It's an exciting time".

Fortunately, just as the Warriors' chatter over the past days seemed to give the Cavs a new spark, I suspect the events of Game 4 will stoke a fire in the Warriors.