The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-1 NBA Finals lead over the Golden State Warriors last night, 96-91, behind another strong performance from LeBron James and Matthew Dellavedova ...well being Delly. The Wariors cut a 20 point deficit down to one in the 4th, but the Cavs were able to pull away and give the city of Cleveland its first ever NBA Finals victory on their home court.
The Warriors have not held a lead at the end of any regulation quarter in The Finals!
James scored 40 points in Game 3, giving him 123 total points, which is the most ever in NBA Finals history through the first 3 games. LeBron passes Rick Barry (1967, 122) Jerry West (1969, 118) and Michael Jordan (1993, 117). West finished that series with 265 points, an NBA record. LeBron could break that record should this series go the distance.
Dellavedova did a nice job containing Stephen Curry until the 4th quarter and also made some nice plays himself throughout the game and may have won Game 3 with his relentless hustle.
Curry made 4 of his 7 3pts in the 4th quarter during the Warriors comeback, but a late turnover down 1 in the 4th sparked a Cavs run that sealed the deal. Curry finding his stroke is good news for Golden State and Cleveland should be worried that he got his swagger back!
Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green have to be better if GSW wants to win the Championship. They combined to shoot 2-18 in Game 3, Barnes scored 0 points.
David Lee had the highest +/- in the game at +17, yet Steve Kerr removed him early in the 4th quarter and he only logged 13 minutes. Expect that to change going forward!