Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Curry: History awaits Warriors, let's take care of business

Curry: History awaits Warriors, let's take care of business

But the Cavaliers did not score in the final three minutes of the game.

Thompson's line: 30 points (11-of-18, 6-of-11, 2-of-2 from the line), six rebounds and two assists. Golden State won 118-113.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue decided not to change his starting lineup for Game 3, sticking with the slumping Smith at shooting guard. "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". Back to when we still thought the Giants were a good baseball team.

"We learned from our mistakes", Green said. That was what was happening late Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving also submitted a tremendous scoring performance with 38. LeBron was incredible once again. J.R. Smith hit five three-pointers. James played all but 2:23 - when he sat the final 1:49 of the first quarter the Cavs went from up three to down seven.

Showing off his ability to spin in shots high off the backboard, Irving scored 16 in the third quarter and the Cavs held the Warriors to 22 points in their lowest scoring output in any quarter in this postseason.

"I want to win just as bad as they do and obviously they probably got a bad taste in their mouth after what happened last year and we had one in our mouth last year from what happened the year before", James said.

Cavs fans couldn't have asked for more than they got from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night. With the Cavs leading in the final minutes, the Warriors turned it on.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were swept out of the Finals 10 years ago this month. "Job's not done. I've never been in this position being up in the Finals and trying to close it out".

Cleveland led by six points with three minutes to play but Durant led an impressive 11-0 run to secure the win. The Los Angeles Lakers were unbeaten in the 2001 playoffs until the finals, where they lost the first game to the 76ers before winning the next four. They've won 15 straight playoff games, and can become the first team in National Basketball Association history to navigate the playoffs without a loss. "He's been an fantastic player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his time, his moment".

"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".

"So we made enough plays tonight to still win the ball game, but they made a couple more".

The Warriors already learned the hard way that if you crack under the pressure, the opposition can make history. They've withstood every one of Cleveland's runs, and responded with their own.

"That was liberating right there", Durant said of his dramatic 3-pointer that lifted the Warriors ahead to stay.

But as Golden State struggled to get past Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals and then lost to the Cavaliers in the finals, some around the team anxious that Curry was trying to please too many people and was draining himself. "He's been an unbelievable player in this league for a long time".

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