Perfect shot: Durant's late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead

Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead over defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers with a 118-113 victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

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. Cleveland improbably took Golden State to six games behind a historic effort by James, but the team never really had a chance to win the series without the injured Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Golden State trailed by five points at the start of the fourth quarter and fell down six on a JR Smith three-pointer with 3:09 to go.

With a 3-0 series lead in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are well on their way to winning their second title in three years. It just wasn't enough as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant show again that it will take more than a near ideal game of basketball to beat these Golden State Warriors. His 3-pointer in transition with 45 seconds left gave the Warriors a 114-113 lead.

Curry and Durant knocked down two free throws each as the Cavaliers failed to intentionally foul the Warriors' worse shooters, and the game was down.

They got support for the planet's greatest player, LeBron James, as Kyrie Irving arose with an electrifying 38 points.

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Despite being on the losing side, James was one of the stars of the Finals, scoring 41 points in Monday's game . Warriors fans had to suffer through watching their team blow a 3-1 series lead past year .

"Even when you're playing well, you got to play A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays", James said.

Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his 3 - a shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors. 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. But history turned to infamy when they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers, the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history.

Irving can be given a pass because he was able to bring the Cavaliers back into the game and raise the intensity of his teammates in the third quarter. "We want to get good shots".

Anyway, I'm not one to play the "one team wanted it more" card and think that's the difference in a series, per se. The last time the Warriors lost with Kevin Durant healthy was February 13 in Denver, prior to the All-Star break. The Warriors managed just 40 second-half points before their final 11-point flurry.

One more victory, and the Warriors will have their second championship in three seasons. "We want to finish it here and forget this game quickly and lock in and get ready for a battle on Friday". In an alternate reality, we would be talking about this Cleveland team as a juggernaut, the class of the league.


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