Cleveland Cavaliers beat Warriors, 120-90, in Game 3 of NBA Finals

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CLEVELAND-- Kyrie Irving came alive during Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The point guard put up 16 points and 3 assists in the first quarter, as the Cavaliers led 33-16, over the Golden State Warriors. He was also much more aggressive defending league MVP Steph Curry.

Irving cooled off in the second quarter, putting up just 3 more points. LeBron James had 10 points after one half, while Tristan Thompson had 8 with 10 rebounds.

James hit two jump shots early in the third to extend Cleveland's lead over the Warriors. But the Cavs did not see much production from their bench.

After three quarters, the Cavaliers were ahead by 20.

In the fourth quarter, Cleveland hit the all-important century mark. The Cavs are undefeated in playoff games where they score 100 points or more.

Cavs won, 120-90, with James, Irving and J.R. Smith combining for 82 points.

"We're still here and we have a chance to turn this series around, if we come in and do what we need to do both offensively and defensively," James said. "Internally, we have to figure out how we can be better. We have to figure out how we can help one another. We definitely have to figure out how we can get more guys involved."

LeBron led the team with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists during Sunday's 110-77 loss.

Kevin Love remains in the NBA's concussion protocol and was ruled out for Wednesday night's game, the Cavs announced. The center was injured in the first half of Game 2 when Golden State's Harrison Barnes elbowed him in the head.

"It's going to be the next man up. We're down 0-2, and we can't afford to look and say, 'Wow, Kev's not playing. What are we going to do?'" James said on Tuesday.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals starts at 9 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.

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