CLEVELAND, Ohio — Kyrie Irving was a big shot from the beginning. Tristan Thompson played his best game so far of the NBA Finals. And LeBron James was — well, Lebron.
But there is one play that everyone is talking about from Wednesday night’s Game 3, when the Cavs crushed the Warriors, 120-90.
The monster alley-oop dunk.
It happened in the third quarter of the game after James stole the ball from Steph Curry. He slipped to the floor but was able to get the ball to Irving before going sky-high to slam it home.
“I threw it very, very…you know, some people may say it’s a bad pass, but I wanted to see something great,” Irving said about the play after the game. “And for him to do that, it was awesome. It was awesome.”
“I knew he was going to throw it up there,” said James. “And I had to go get it. He threw it, I had to go get it.”
In the end, James had 32 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Irving had 30 points and eight assists, and J.R. Smith scored 20 points. Thompson added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
“We finally got back to our game tonight,” said James.
The Cavaliers lost the first two games by 48 combined points. But they played much better defense on Wednesday night while missing starting power forward Kevin Love, who sat out with a concussion.
“At the end of the day, no matter if you lose by 30 or 1, it’s one win,” said James. “And you have to be able to have a short mind but also learn from the mistakes you made in the previous game and just try to better yourself in the following game.”
“Just constantly in attack mode,” said Irving. “It’s just back to just not really thinking about anything but being aggressive for my teammates.”
Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland.