No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State past year.
Golden State erased Cleveland's chances down the stretch, as they went 0-for-8 while the Warriors connected on all three of their field goal attempts and made all four of their free throws. It felt good coming out of my hands, but even for a tough step-back like that, it demands more out of my body and out of the focus, and it wasn't there for me. Golden State survived Cleveland's best shot in Game 3, and the second NBA Finals sweep of LeBron James' career is on the horizon. They had won a league record 73 games in the regular season, besting the total Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls achieved in the 1995-96 season. This time, the Warriors were resilient, and the Cleveland never punched in the signature run that defined its home wins in Finals past. They're going to be wanting a win from their team. He could only watch as Kevin Durant of the Warriors sank a 3-pointer over the top of him, one final jolt from which the Cavaliers could not recover. "I don't want to relax".
Durant's mother, Wanda, along with Stephen Curry's mother, Sonya, were understandably hyped while heading out of the arena following Golden State's performance. After finishing with the best record in National Basketball Association history (73-9) a year ago, Golden State failed to close out the Finals to win consecutive titles after leading three games to one, giving the Cavaliers their first-ever title and bringing a championship to Cleveland for the first time in many decades. "It was like poetry just watching him take that [last] shot".
That's a bold statement considering James has played in the last seven NBA Finals and eight of the last 11, and is averaging 32 points, 12.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists in the first three games of this series.
"I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we're getting ready for a juggernaut". Maybe, but I don't think Durant sees it that way - what he wanted was his best shot at a title, and he's going to get that.
Game 4 is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. ET in Cleveland on ABC.
"We talked about it since the Finals last year that the last season was a very unique year, for a lot of different reasons, and we learned a lot", Curry said.