The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to bounce back in their best-of-seven series after winning against the Golden State Warriors, 120-90, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 32 points on 14-of-26 shooting and added 11 rebounds and six assists. Kyrie Irving also performed well with 30 points and starters J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson scored double-digits with 20 points and 14 points respectively.
Despite the absence of Kevin Love due to head injury, the Cavaliers still managed to establish their first win in the best-of-seven series. Richard Jefferson started in Love’s place and LeBron James moved up to the power forward position leading for the Cavaliers to play smaller and faster.
Recalling their Game 1 loss, coach Tyronn Lue revealed that he wanted the Cavaliers, especially LeBron James, to play a faster offense in order to break the Warriors’ strict defense. It seems like the strategy became useful in Game 3 as their expected result came up.
“We finally got back to our game,” said James, whose energy from the start electrified 20,000 fans, and most importantly his teammates. “It was a good flow, a collective team win.”
Another factor the greatly contribute to the Cavaliers’ success is their defense. The Cavaliers managed to limit the ‘Splash Brother’s’ production to a combined 29 points while Draymond Green only scored six.
“We were soft,” said coach Steve Kerr. “When you’re soft, you get beat on the glass and turn the ball over.”
MVP Stephen Curry made no excuse for his Game 3 performance and admitted that he has to play better in the succeeding games.
“I’ve got to play 100 times better than that,” he said, dismissing any notion he’s slowed by injuries. “I’m fine. Not the way we wanted the night to go.”
However, the Cleveland Cavaliers should still focus winning the next games since the Golden State Warriors are still leading the series, 2-1.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals 2016 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will be on June 10, Friday 9 p.m. at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Here are some of the game highlights from Game 3 of the NBA Finals 2016 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors:
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