The Golden State Warriors continued their march toward a perfect postseason, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118 to 113 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, giving them a 3-0 advantage in the series and one game away from one of the most dominant seasons in NBA history. Cleveland had a brief lead in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors put them away with an 11-0 run in the final three minutes of the game. Even so, the Warriors only had a three point lead with ten seconds to go when Warrior Andre Iguodala stripped Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, and James proceeded to accidentally knock the loose ball out of bounds, automatically giving possession away to Golden State and effectively sealing the final result. In the Warriors box score, Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points for the third consecutive game, while Stephen Curry contributed with 26 points of his own. Klay Thompson, the shooter who had been fighting through a slump this postseason, broke out with 31 points, most of which came from outside the three point arc.
The Cavaliers stars did their best to keep up with the high-powered Golden State offense again, with 39 points by James and 38 points from point guard Kyrie Irving, but it just wasn’t enough. After the game, James already began talking as if the Warriors had won the series by reflecting on their impressiveness throughout the season: “I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we’re getting ready for a juggernaut. It’s probably the most, more firepower I’ve played [against] in my career. I’ve played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this firepower.” This is interesting, considering that James played the Warriors last season in what some would consider an even more daunting task, given that the 2016 Warriors were coming in with a record 73 wins.