Golden State Warriors move one win away from record

Golden State Warriors move one win away from record

James went 7-of-8 from the floor for 16 points in the first quarter, but when he went to the bench late in the period the Warriors closed it with a 10-0 run to lead 39-32, Curry sinking two 3-pointers in the spurt.

From clutch heroics to poise under pressure, the Golden State Warriors used lessons learned in last year's heartbreaking National Basketball Association finals loss to Cleveland to take care of business this time. The win put the brooms in Golden State's hands as the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Warriors forward Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 and Golden State lost at home, then on the road, then in an all-or-nothing game seven previous year.

The NBA's best-of-seven championship was billed as the ultimate grudge match between the league's last two champions and some pundits felt it could go down as one of the most hotly-contested series of all-time. G Deron Williams has missed each of his 11 shots in the series. The only question ahead of Friday night's Game 4 is whether or not they'll be the first team ever to be flawless in the playoffs. That was not the case last night.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he never considered resting James or Irving with the game on the line. The last time the Warriors lost with Kevin Durant healthy was February 13 in Denver, prior to the All-Star break.

Some people may argue their greatness, but James won't.

"It's probably the most firepower I've played in my career".

"They're a great team, but I think we're a great team also".

The NBA's best postseason run is the 15-1 mark of the 2001 Lakers, while the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers went 12-1.

Golden State held the Cavs scoreless in the final three minutes of the game.

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If not for their meltdown past year, the Warriors, whose record-setting 73-win season got lost in the Finals aftermath, would be looking for a third straight crown.

For the first time since 2007, LeBron James faces the possibility of being swept in the NBA Finals. I mean, at least we got a close game, right?

"Obviously it's a dramatic situation to be in, but it is what it is, we've got to get ready for game four". "We don't want to take the long 3s and things like that".

"Kyrie and LeBron had it going the whole game, but that's pretty taxing to go one-on-one the whole game", Kerr said.

But the Warriors don't want to give the Cavaliers any life. "So we made enough plays tonight to still win the ball game, but they made a couple more".

Green said he expects the Cavaliers to throw everything at the Warriors.

But it comes by recalling the pain of last year's finals.

Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. "Stay in front of them".

They very easily could be playing for a third straight championship. "They made every play down the stretch". "But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds". "They have their youth, they have their health".