LeBron James and Kyrie Irving completed breathless drives to the basket for a combined 77 points while Kevin Love battled for rebounds, out-hustling the Warriors on several occasions.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had no answer for Golden State forward Kevin Durant in the 2017 NBA Finals, and that continued in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
"I don't attribute this game to being exhausted", said James. This Warriors team is different, and if the Cavs couldn't seal the deal with an inspiring effort in this one, it seems far-fetched to believe they'll do in four games in a row now.
The NBA Finals past year was memorable.
"We know in that situation to get that man the rock", Thompson said. The Cavaliers also turned up the defense a notch and held the Warriors to 22 points in the quarter. The win put the brooms in Golden State's hands as the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Golden State trailed the entire fourth quarter, and ball movement ceased in a star-studded, isolation-based finish. The Cavs threw haymakers in the form of circus Irving layups and gorgeous James dishes.
One more win will give Durant the prize he coveted when he came to Golden State in the offseason from Oklahoma City.
Smith recovered from a poor first two games to score 16 for the Cavs. Instead, it predicted the Cavaliers win that most thought was coming as Cleveland built a modest lead with three minutes to play on Wednesday night. He chose to join Golden State for the opportunities to play the most competitive basketball of his career on the biggest stage in the NBA.
The Cavaliers might have beaten anybody else the way they played, just as they did in Game 3 of last year's Finals and as they did while rolling into the Finals with a 12-1 record.
The Warriors closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run and led 39-32. His teammate Kyrie Irving scored 38.
"That's exactly what happened throughout the season", Durant said.
Kerr knew what James knew before this series began when he wanted to bring in more fire power: that Kyrie and Bron-Bron can't do it all. Before the game, Kerr, who missed 11 playoff games because of back pain, said his decision to return to the bench for Game 2 in the Finals was easy. His key contribution came in the first half where, from a scoring perspective, Curry and Durant were kept relatively quiet.
He's just going up against a better team. "You got to give them credit, they played extremely well tonight".