Cleveland got out to another quick start in Game 3, but Golden State hung tight and trailed by only 4 after 1. Tristan Thompson clearly felt more comfortable offensively at home than he had during the first two games on the road. He finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Golden State fell three points in the second quarter as Stephan Curry struggled mightily.
The game fell apart fore the Warriors in the third quarter. Matthew Dellavedova's hustle continued to be the story. His first half defense on Curry was outstanding. He was often the first player to risk his body and dive on the floor to gain possession. He finally had a good game scoring as well in the Finals. He scored 20.
Curry shot much better in the second half, even as the Warriors' fortunes plummeted. Head coach Steve Kerr utilized Andre Iguodala and David Lee, a former All Star who hadn't played yet in the finals, with success. Iguodala scored 15 points and Lee, who scored 11, was a force in the pick and roll.
The story was, as it has been through the Finals thus far, LeBron James. He scored 40 points while adding 12 rebounds and 8 assists. He also had four steals. James has willed his team to a 2-1 series lead. Cleveland won 96-91 after the Warriors made a furious run in the fourth quarter. At one point,. Curry's hot shooting cut the lead to three points. He finished with 27 points despite a miserable first half. The Warriors' problem was they didn't get much else from their starters. Klay Thompson scored only 14 and the other three starters combined for 11 total points.
Iman Shumpert hurt his shoulder in the first half. The Cavs only played eight guys and that inludes Mike Miller and James Jones who played a combined 15 minutes. Both James and Dellavedova seemed spent after the game.