CLEVELAND– The Cavaliers lost Game 3 to the Warriors Wednesday night, making the series Cleveland 0, Golden State 3. The final score was 118-113.
Kyrie Irving struck first for the Cavaliers and J.R. Smith added a quick 6 points.
LeBron James went down briefly following a collision with Tristan Thompson. That quickly brought out the “MVP” chants from fans. James recovered in time for this steal and slam. Cleveland is down by 7 at the end of the first quarter.
James went 11 for 14 on field goals on field goals in the first half for 27 points. He also moved up to fourth on the NBA Finals scoring list. Warriors are ahead, 67-61, at the half.
Kevin Love gave the Cavaliers a one-point lead with about 9 minutes left in the third quarter. Improving ball movement and 16 points from Irving in the third alone helped keep Cleveland in the lead.
Kyrie used that momentum in the fourth, maintaining a slight lead over Golden State until there was under a minute left. The Warriors went on a 9-0 run to win.
James had 39 points and Irving had 38 in the loss. LeBron moved up to fourth of the NBA Finals scoring list and third on the assist list.
Game 4 will be Friday at Quicken Loans Arena at 9 p.m.