After a devastating loss in Oracle Arena in Game 1 and Game 2, the Cleveland Cavaliers came out strong in Game 3 by beating the Golden State Warriors in front of their hometown fans.
This time around the Cavs team is not just LeBron James as Kyrie Irving stepped up his game as well as J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson.
“Coaching staff gave us a great game plan and we executed it,” said James, whose energy from the start electrified 20,000 fans, and most importantly his teammates.
From the start of the first quarter up to the end of the fourth quarter it was all Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors was able to reduce the deficit down to nine in the second quarter but the Cavs were able to respond led by James and Irving.
The Splash Brothers still unable to produce enough splashes compared how they played against OKC in their Western Conference Finals match. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got a combined 29 points effort.
“We were soft,” said coach Steve Kerr. “When you’re soft, you get beat on the glass and turn the ball over.”
Shaun Livingston who was the hero in Game 1 who took over the Warriors scoring slack only have 5 points while Draymond Green who electrified Golden State in Game 2 only logged 6 points.
Stephen Curry found its shooting touch in the third quarter and scored 17 points including the four-point play against Kyrie Irving but wasn’t enough to overcome the very huge led set by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Love was out in Game 3 and Richard Jefferson took over his place in the Cavs’ starting line up.
Game 4 is scheduled on June 10 (June 11 in the Philippines) and still will be played in Cleveland Cavaliers home-court.
Cavaliers (120): James 32, Irving 30, Smith 20, Thompson 14, Jefferson 9, McRae 4 Shumpert 3, Williams 3, Mozgov 2, Dellavedova 2, J.Jones 1
Warriors (90): Curry 19, Barnes 18, Iguodala 11, Thompson 10, Barbosa 8, Green 6, Livingston 5, Speights 5, Bogut 4, Clark 3, Varejao 1