Will the Golden State Warriors finish off the sweep?

Will the Golden State Warriors finish off the sweep?

James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 45 minutes, tiring at the end as even his indomitable will was found wanting when guarding Durant on a pivotal 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that gave Golden State the lead for good.

What the league is witnessing with Golden State is potentially the greatest semblance of talent ever seen.

No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State past year.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant speaks after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, early Thursday, June 8, 2017.

After Golden State went up, Irving missed a 3 from his favorite spot on the right side and the Warriors closed it out with four free throws in the final 12.9 seconds before celebrating briefly on the floor and then charging down the hallway to their locker room.

CLEVELAND (AP) - One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title. The one as the best team ever.

Warriors victory was powered by Kevin Durant's scoring exploits, who scored 31 points, seven of them in the closing minutes.

The top-seeded and undefeated Warriors, who can close out a flawless postseason run on Friday, boast a slew of weapons, most notably two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry and four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were spectacular.

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs. Their situations are different - James never joined a team as strong as these Warriors - but he said he's proud of Durant's success and understands why moving to a team like the Warriors was so attractive. In Game 3, he was called upon to stem the tide by playing center through Green's foul trouble.

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

"I thought our team scrapped and competed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. Jordan's first title team in 1991 is one of three squads that went 15-2.

Yes, the Cavs came back from a 3-1 series deficit to knock off the Warriors in last year's Finals.

Dominating the glass and slowing the Warriors' devastating pace to their liking stand as two of the tallest task the Cavaliers need to accomplish in terms of breaking Golden State's winning streak and avoiding a sweep on the NBA's biggest stage.

"You can tell, he knows this is his moment", Kerr said. The calm with which he scores can make it tempting to get him the ball through the simplest means possible. "We're confident in him taking that shot every time".

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

"No matter who I'm going against - if I'm going against four Hall of Famers, like I said before the series started with Draymond, Klay, Steph and K.D., or if I'm going against two or whatever the case may be - I'm always excited to play the game". That gave the Warriors a lead they held the rest of the way.

"They're definitely a different team than they were a year ago that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

That's mostly because of Durant, the former NBA MVP who signed with the Warriors in July.

Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. And they're playing like one of the best teams once again. His player efficiency rating of 28.4 is more than 12 points higher than it was a year ago. "I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could". "They have their youth, they have their health". "I stunk in my first Finals", he quipped.

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