Ryan Klassen | Lead Writer
THE Warriors are one win away from the perfect postseason.
The Golden State Warriors took a commanding three games to none lead in the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers after a stunning comeback in game three. On Wednesday night in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs took a lead in the third quarter, their first lead not in the first quarter all series. The team carried it late in to the fourth quarter before the Warriors storming back in the finals minutes of the game. The comeback was capped by a Kevin Durant (41 min., 31 pts, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) three pointer over LeBron James (46 min., 39/11/9) to put the Warriors up by one with 45 seconds remaining. The final 45 seconds for the Cavs were a scramble to get shots off while also trying to keep the Warriors from furthering their lead.
The Cavs still had time to retake the lead. After the Durant dagger with 45 seconds left, Kyrie Irving (44 min., 38/6/3) attempted to reclaim the lead but failed to drive the lane and draw a foul, or drain a jump shot. After the miss, it was clock-stop mode for the Cavs. Twice the Cavs fouled a Warriors player and twice the player hit both of his free throws. In the final possession, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue called a time out and set up a play. On the in-bound, the ball found its way to LeBron in the corner beyond the arc. He attempted to draw a foul on the shot only to have it blocked by the Warriors premiere wing defender and 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala. LeBron had been taken out of bounds after the block and the ball made contact with him while there, so with 1.5 seconds left, the ball went to the Warriors. The Warriors got 30 minutes, seven points, five steals, and the big block off the bench from Iguodala.
Time expired with score reading 113-118 Golden State, and likely sealing the fate for the Cavs. The Warriors ended the game on 11-0 run.
The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to have come back from a 3-0 deficit in the championship series in the history of North American sports.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals is on Friday, June 9th tipping off at 8:00 (CST) at The Q in Cleveland.