And they both had plays in the final minute that will be remembered for not going their way. Three minutes that will linger for the Cavaliers well into the summer when this is all over and there's time to digest what might have been. "So we made enough plays tonight to still win the ballgame, but they made a couple more".
Blown off the court in the second halves of the first two games, the Cavaliers surged ahead with a big third quarter and were still ahead by six with less than 3 minutes to play. It's a shot Korver had made countless times in his 14-year career and it's the shot he was brought here to make.
Earlier today, when asked by a reporter if he was exhausted, LeBron responded by clearly stating that no, he was not exhausted, adding, "I feel great". "I thought it was in".
In truth, J.R. Smith (16 points, 5-for-10 on 3s) and Kyle Korver (8 points) hit a few big shots, but by and large, the supporting cast was a disappointment in Game 3 when the Cavaliers needed big performances.
"For me personally we've had these long breaks in between series and I haven't been very good in any series in Game 1 and 2 as far as making shots", he said before Wednesday night's Game 3.
"Even when you're playing well, you got to play A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays", James said.
"It's the Finals; we had our horses in", said Irving. And this is why the Cavs looked so utterly demoralized afterward, when they all but admitted there's simply nothing they can do about this Warriors team now that Durant has chosen that blue and gold jersey.
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"I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we (were) getting ready for a juggernaut", James said. "So even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus plus".
numberFire has published its odds for the Finals outcome and have increased the Warriors' chances of sweeping the series - and completing the postseason undefeated - to 31.17%. The defensive wizard picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but he is so important to what these Warriors do that coach Steve Kerr kept him in the game. "I think he was seriously banged up and not at all himself". It was a real slug fest with the two teams going point for point. "We can't turn the basketball over". The Cavs didn't play a ideal game by any means, but they matched Golden State's barrage with phenomenal individual displays from James and Irving. I don't think LeBron is stat counting or anything, but he basically had a triple-double before the fourth quarter started in Game 2, and it's not a stretch for him to do it again.
Friedman did give KD his due saying "Durant might be one of the best 15 players ever". James said this morning. "So win, lose, or draw, you live with the results".
Cleveland had collapsed in the third quarter of the first two games, letting the Warriors run away and hide. Aside from James and Irving, the rest of the team was 9 of 34 (26.5 percent) from the field.
Fast forward one year to this year's Game 3 and you could tell that things were different. They took the time to make their shots and it really paid off in the 2nd Half. Fatigue will play a role. So at the end of the day, I want to win just as bad as they do. "So I just stayed there, high hands, contested".
The Warriors have always thrived in chaos, but the Cavs have been determined to meet them on their terms.
When he came into the league as the final draft pick in Seattle Supersonics history and won Rookie of the Year, Durant's desire to dominate was clearly visible. "For anyone who says they'd still do it, the facts and evidence is this".