Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

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"I said after we won the Eastern Conference Finals that we're getting ready for a juggernaut", he said.

"I definitely want to compete", he said. "Basketball is a insane game". I mean, listen, it happens.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 21 points in the first half, sinking 5-of-7 from 3-point range, while Durant added 16 and Curry 14 off 4-of-6 3-point shooting.

The Cavaliers might have beaten anybody else the way they played, just as they did in Game 3 of last year's Finals and as they did while rolling into the Finals with a 12-1 record.

Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made. "I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of". LeBron finished with a game-high 39 and Kyrie added 38 but neither scored down the stretch as Cleveland went 0-for-8 in the last 2:45 and was outscored 11-0.

"The series is not over", Durant said.

James knocked down 15 of his 27 attempts, including four of his nine looks from three-point range. "And for that to go in was just liberating".

"No matter who I'm going against, if I'm going against four Hall of Famers. or if I'm going against two, or whatever the case may be, I'm always excited to play the game".

From clutch heroics to poise under pressure, the Golden State Warriors used lessons learned in last year's heartbreaking National Basketball Association finals loss to Cleveland to take care of business this time.

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Kevin Durant (left) shoots the defining three-pointer over LeBron James.

"I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

Durant, though, was not going to be denied.

But the Warriors don't want to give the Cavaliers any life.

Irving missed an off-balance 3-pointer and Durant and Curry each made two free throws on the next Golden State possessions to seal Cleveland's fate. Through three games Durant has averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists per game, he hit the game-winner in Game 3, and on the other end he's been the Warriors best defender on LeBron.

Things looked good for the Cavs when they put up a 33-point third quarter and carried their momentum into the fourth. Joining perhaps the greatest team of all time seemingly insulated him from the pressure of having to will his squad to a championship, and it also removed him from the thinly defined hero's journey to Overcome Obstacles Through Perseverance that so many stars are expected to go on.

CLEVELAND (AP) - One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title.

The Game 3 loss was the closest game of the series. At one point in the opening quarter, Durant accounted for 10 of Golden State's points in a row.