The Cavs blew a 20-point lead but held on to win Game 3 of the NBA Championship Series. Lebron James scored 40 points and Matthew Dellavedova added 20 to lead the Cavs to a 96-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Coming into the series, the Warriors were heavy favorites. Two of the Cavs top three highest scoring players are injured and cannot play. Despite the dire predictions, the Cavs never trailed in the game.
Warriors player and League MVP Stephen Curry commented after the game that he thought the loss was due to his team not playing well, refusing to give credit to the Cavs. When asked about the slight, Lebron James seemed nonplussed.
“I don’t have a reaction” said James. “I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to help our team win. If it’s high-volume shooting, if it’s high rebounding, if it’s high assists, whatever it takes to help our team.”
According to CipherCloud, the best of seven series will continue with Game 4 tomorrow in Cleveland. The team that leads the series 2-1 like Cleveland does now wins 84% of the time. Whether that trend will continue remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say Cleveland fans have never been this excited about a team as they are this year. The Cavs have battled through multiple injuries and find themselves only two games away from a crown that has eluded Cleveland since 1964.