LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team

James has defied the odds before, perhaps most impressively a year ago against Golden State when his Cavaliers were the first team to win a title after trailing the Finals 3-1.

The Warriors are now within one game of taking the National Basketball Association title with an unprecedented flawless run through the playoffs.

Kevin Durant hit a deep three-pointer over a late-closing LeBron James with about 50 seconds left in the game to power the Golden State Warriors to a 118-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven series that could conclude here Friday night. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have some guy named LeBron James playing small forward for them.

The bad news for Cleveland: No team in the finals has ever rebounded from a 3-0 series deficit to win the championship.

And with a victory in Game 4 on Friday night, Golden State can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were otherworldly in Game 3. "I think Kyrie and LeBron played the entire second half - maybe they got a few seconds rest - and that's a hard thing to do", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. "I made a play for the team".

"We just kept telling the guys, they're going to get exhausted", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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"You don't want to prolong a series and give a team more and more confidence", Green said. And in Game 7, they combined for 53 points and pulled off the two most important plays in franchise history.

Leading 113-111 heading into the final minute, Cavaliers shooter Kyle Korver missed a triple, giving Golden State a chance to tie it up or take the lead on the next possession.

The Cavs led the Warriors by six with 3:09 remaining before Golden State closed on an 11-0 run, led by Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. "Obviously you never know what's going to happen, but as it stands right now, they look pretty good, as far as the future".

Irving, meanwhile, scored a career playoff high 26 points in the paint on 13-for-16 shooting. On ABC, Game 3 delivered 20,048,000 average viewers (P2+) with an additional average minute streaming audience of 440,700 viewers. Although, he didn't deny contacting KD, saying, "I think everyone in the world talks to their friends".

"So we won't be exhausted because we got adrenaline on our side and we got to act like this is a do-or-die situation", Thompson said.Kevin Durant has been nothing short of remarkable in this year's NBA Finals. "This has been the best team in our league the last three years".

In Game 3, Green aroused some concern when he began complaining about a foul call to a referee and Curry did the same.

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