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Cavs even at their best can’t beat Golden State

LeBron James was incredible and the Cavaliers played great, but it still wasn’t enough to beat the Golden State Warriors.

When LeBron James is at his best, he’s at his best, but even that wasn’t enough to prevent a late comeback by the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. And how demoralizing that must be for the Cavaliers.

James was great, scoring 39 points on 55.6-percent shooting with 11 rebounds and nine assists. He was on a mission to get the Cavaliers a victory at home. Kyrie Irving also was a big game, scoring 38 points. JR Smith even proved Tyron Lue right for keeping him in the starting lineup with five 3-pointers in a 16-point effort.

The Cavaliers played great and really can say they left everything out on the court. The Warriors, meanwhile, had an off-night compared to what they did in the first two games of this series. Yes, the history-making team found a way to make even more history by setting an NBA Finals record with 12 made 3-pointers in the first half of the game. Yes, they ended up hitting 16 triples and were shooting 48-percent from both 3-point range and the floor entirely. Yes, Klay Thompson also came up huge in the game with 30 points on 6-for-11 shooting, helping Durant’s 31 points and Stephen Curry’s 26 points.

But the Warriors were struggling to stay going. They weren’t penetrating to the rim quite like they were in the first two games. Maybe it was being spoiled by two dominant performances that were nearly impossible to repeat for a third straight game, but they were off. And still, they got the 118-113 victory.

With 3:09 left in the game Smith nailed a 3-pointer to put the Cavaliers ahead by six points. Durant then missed a 3-pointer, James got the rebounds, and the Cavs had a great chance to start putting the game away with another basket that would further stretch their lead.

But the other basket never came. The Cavaliers went 0-for-8 down the stretch of the game, and the Warriors finished on an 11-point run for the victory. Durant made the biggest shot of the game with 45 seconds left, nailing a 3-pointer to put the Warriors up 114-113. His triple took the last of the fading energy the Cavaliers crowd had and ripped the team’s heart out as he put the Warriors ahead in the game. Durant then made two free throws on Golden State’s next possession.

Still just one possession down, James rose up on the other end of the court to try to tie the game with 12 seconds left, but Andre Iguodala blocked the King’s jumper, and that was the final dagger. Curry made two free throws after that. The game was over and realistically, so is the series, though it has been for a while. The Warriors, even when they are far from their best, are just better than the rest of the NBA and nothing looks like nothing will stop them from finishing their quest for a 16-0 postseason on Friday.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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