Cavs Beat Warriors in Game 3
The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Golden State Warriors on their way to winning Game 3 and making the NBA Finals a series again. The Cavs turned the tables on the Warriors who blew them out in Game two, by taking Game 3 120-90. Golden State's lead in the series is now 2-1.
"They just punched us right in the mouth," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said following the blowout loss.
LeBron James led the way with 32 points and 11 rebounds as sidekick Kyrie Irving finally played to his potential and racked up 30 points of his own. J.R. Smith nailed five 3-pointers after taking only three shots in Game 2, and Tristan Thompson dominated the boards as he grabbed 7 offensive rebounds.
"We finally got back to our game," James said. "It was a good flow, a collective team win."
With Kevin Love unable to play with a concussion, Richard Jefferson got the start and racked up 12 points. Jefferson last played in the NBA Finals 12 years ago as a member of the New Jersey Nets.
The Warriors looked perhaps the worst they have all season. Warriors guard Stephen Curry only managed to rack up 19 points, two in the first half, and now has the record for fewest points by an MVP through three games in an NBA Finals with 48 total points; the next lowest is 81 by Lew Alcindor.
"I've got to play 100 times better than that," Curry said. "I'm fine. Not the way we wanted the night to go."
Game 4 is set for Friday night as the Cavaliers look to knot the series at 2 and head back to Oracle Arena with momentum.