Warriors top Cavaliers and move to brink of National Basketball Association title


The Cleveland Cavaliers were so much better than in the previous two games. He has been an impressive playmaker, explosive scorer and strong rebounder during these Finals as evidenced by his triple-double average (32 points, 12.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists on a cool 55.4 percent shooting). His two NBA MVP Awards, with the second of them by a unanimous vote, are testaments to his talent and work ethic. In an interview with ESPN, he was asked what the difference has been this time around.

"It would be very satisfying to do that", Green said at practice Thursday. Toward the conclusion of his 20-year career, Abdul-Jabbar's skills eroded somewhat, but during his heyday, there were none better. "If I felt better, I was going to do it". We've played only [15] games so far. So this is the moment we've obviously been looking forward to. "There's really no excuse for us not to be playing well".

James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 45 minutes, tiring at the end as even his indomitable will was found wanting when guarding Durant on a pivotal 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that gave Golden State the lead for good. As a result of his out-of-this-world play, many now believe that Durant is the rightful heir to the throne and that James is now getting ready to fade into the background.

Leading up to the matchup with the Cavaliers last week, Curry was vocal about his desire to perform at his maximum potential.

Here's what you need to know about Friday's game. "Whether it comes together or not, that's my attitude, my perspective on just playing basketball and enjoying this moment because for five years of my career, we didn't even come close". But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds. Durant and Stephen Curry proceeded to ice the victory at the free throw line for a 118-113 win.

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The Warriors are now heading into Game 4 with a 3-0 lead.

"We want to win the championship however way we can do it", Curry said. Not after Kevin Durant signed on to make the Dubs a legitimate superteam capable of dismantling the best the National Basketball Association has to offer - a team that's gone 15-0 and barely broken a sweat doing so.

They spoke openly of their desire to beat Jordan's 72-win team in 1996, but this time have downplayed the importance of 16-0. But you have to embrace the challenge and the atmosphere. General manager David Griffin's contract expires after the season, and it's not clear if he will be re-signed by owner Dan Gilbert.

Ponder the cast of Finals characters that James is talking about - those three San Antonio teams (2007, 2013 and 2014), the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 and the 2015 and '16 Warriors - and you realize there's not an ounce of hyperbole in that statement. It doesn't appear that the Warriors will allow for complacency to set in. "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".

When we think of Curry, we're naturally drawn to the things he does differently than anything else: the quickness of his release, the depths of his range.