So the Cleveland Cavaliers might actually win this. After stunning the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers went home and held off a furious Warriors rally to earn a 96-91 victory to take an unfathomable 2-1 series lead.
LeBron James did his thing again, notching 40 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks. James now has the most points ever in the first three games of an NBA Finals with 123.
Matthew Dellavedova also made huge contributions once again. Not only did he help stymie Stephen Curry in the first half, but Delly poured in a playoff career-high 20 points and was on the floor making hustle plays seemingly every few minutes.
Dellavedova’s biggest bucket of the game was a wild, flailing banked-in floater as he was getting fouled by Curry after the Warriors had trimmed a 20-point deficit down to just one:
Delly completed the three-point play and LeBron knocked down a three the next possession down after a Curry turnover:
Curry finished with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting overall and 7-of-13 from three, but his slow start helped allow the Cavaliers to build up that 20-point lead. While the MVP’s hot shooting nearly resulted in a comeback victory (17 points in the fourth quarter), he really needs to get going quicker so Golden State doesn’t get in these holes. The Warriors have really struggled to start all three games of this series.
Now up 2-1, the Cavaliers have to feel confident that they can pull this off. As for the Warriors, this is the same position they were in against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round. Golden State won the next three games handily, but the Grizzlies didn’t have LeBron. Game 4 should be wild.