The Cleveland Cavaliers returned the favor to the Golden State Warriors after their huge 120-90 win on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series in the NBA Finals. In Game 2, the Cavs were totally outclassed as the Warriors crushed them by 33 points.
With their Game 3 win, the Cavs trimmed the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. The Cavs also went undefeated at home this postseason (8-0).
Starting forward Kevin Love was out due to a concussion he suffered in Game 2, but it was not a problem for LeBron James and company. James poured in 32 points, 11 boards, and six assists, while Kyrie Irving finished with 30 points and eight assists. JR Smith also contributed 20 markers, drilling five triples in the game.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry had a quiet 19 points in the game to lead his team, while backcourt partner Klay Thompson only managed 9 points. The two were mostly subjected to the Cavs’ stifling defense that limited their offense. They combined for 10-of-26 shooting clip from the field.
The Warriors trailed by 33-16 in the first quarter, but they managed to play better in the second quarter to outscore the Cavs and trim the lead to 8, 43-51. However, the Warriors came out flat in the last two quarters and eventually yielded the game to Cleveland.
Game 4 will still be played at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, June 10 (Saturday, Manila time).