LeBron James was lost for words Wednesday after his Cleveland Cavaliers gave up a 3-0 lead in the 2017 NBA Finals to the red-hot Golden State Warriors. But NBA superstar Lebron James, a hometown hero in Cleveland, led his team to three consecutive wins, giving the city its first sports championship in 62 years.
A year ago against Golden State, the Cavaliers became the first team to win the Finals after trailing three games to one.
This was made possible behind some late-game heroics from Kevin Durant, who scored his team’s final eight points in the last minute as part of an 11-0 run.
A J.R. Smith three-pointer put the Cavs up 113-107 with just over three minutes to play – and suddenly it all fell apart.
Irving took a step-back jumper from the right wing – the same spot he hit his notorious victor in Game 7 a year ago – with 26.5 seconds left and the Cavs down by one. “It doesn’t matter how we get there”.
“Kevin Durant is a once in a lifetime player”, Thomas said, “I don’t think our league has ever seen a player like a Kevin Durant who is so unique”.
The game was similar to the 1st 2 games because it was a close game in the first half, but it was different because in the 2nd half it was actually a close game which most National Basketball Association fans hadn’t seen for most of the playoffs.
The Cavaliers finished Wednesday night’s game 12-for-44 from beyond the arc.
The Golden State Warriors have beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the NBA Finals.
They’re just not good enough to beat what may be one of the NBA’s best teams ever. “Curry is always a threat to drill shots from deep, but the boards stand out considering his stature as one of the smaller players on the floor at 6’3”, and the effort helped Golden State out-rebound Cleveland 44-37.
But Golden State with Durant is on another level than the teams Cleveland roughed up in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs just couldn’t hold them down long enough.
Durant’s team mates were singing his praises after the game and said there was no doubt in their minds whose hands the ball should be in with the game’s result hanging in the balance. James and Curry both had triple doubles – that’s the first time that’s happened in the Finals.
After LeBron James and Kyrie Irving saw a combined 77-point night wasted in a? “And they made the plays down the stretch, so you got to give credit to those guys”. “It’s probably the most, most firepower I’ve played in my career”.
The Cavs outscored the Warriors 33-22 in the third quarter to take a five-point advantage. The Warriors will have exacted their revenge on the Cavaliers, but more importantly, the coronation of Durant will be complete.