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Dubs win Game 3 behind fourth quarter comeback

09 Juin 2017

Remember way back in 2016 during the NBA Finals when the Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers?

"I thought our team scrapped and competed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. So it's not over.

LeBron James finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

The Cavaliers see it as must-win game as well.

Let's face it, Cleveland knows what it will get from the top of the roster. Kevin Love has averaged 21.0 points and 14.0 rebounds - he had a franchise-playoff-record 21 rebounds in Game 1. And Kyrie Irving, despite struggles with consistency, is still giving 21.5 points per game through two games. "He's been an fantastic player in this league for a long time, and he senses this is his time, his moment, his team".

Tristan Thompson was dominant in the Finals last season but has struggled to find his floater around the rim and has been dwarfed on the boards - an area he typically thrives.

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"You lose 3-1 when you're up 3-1 and that's definitely tough", he said.

The best way of avoiding another meltdown? Winning 89 percent of your games in the National Basketball Association, with all the road-trips and back-to-backs and parity (even the bad teams typically have an All-Star), is quite a feat.

As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State's grip on the series, Cleveland's last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line. We are 3-0. We feel like this is a different team not just because of personnel but because of our accumulative experience over the last few years in the playoffs.

Now, it goes without saying that Golden State wants to win. But destroying the Cavs would leave them defeated and battered on the verge of a sweep.

The Warriors are a ideal 14-0 so far in the postseason, and they seem intent on revenge after giving up a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in last year's Finals.

James' infamous comments at Miami's ill-conceived pep rally that celebrated the Heat's Big 3 were being thrown back in his face.

Dubs win Game 3 behind fourth quarter comeback