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NBA Finals: James scores 32 points as Cavs cut series gap to 2-1


06-09-2016 16:06 BJT

To start with Game Three of the NBA Finals, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looking to finally get on the board against the Golden State Warriors. LeBron James and company had lost seven straight games to G-State overall, dating back to last year's Championship Round.

That marks LBJ's longest-ever skid against one opponent, and the Cavs would be determined to break into the win column at home, as this series shifted to Cleveland.

Cleveland 120 - Golden State 90

Cleveland 120 - Golden State 90

A moment of silence held to honor late boxing champion Muhammad Ali before the game. And the hosts come out with the sort of intensity that might have made "The Greatest" proud. Richard Jefferson starts for the injured Kevin Love, and puts "The Land" up 9-ZIP.

With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Kyrie Irving drills the three from the top of the key, and Cleveland leads by 20. Timofey Mozgov screens out Klay Thompson to free up Kyrie, who would go on to finish with 30 points.

Irving also tallies eight assists, one of them on this JR Smith three-ball. The former Sixth Man of the Year on his way to a 20-point eruption.

The Dubs charge back before half-time as Thompson cuts the deficit to seven, but he would be held to just 10 points.

But the Cavaliers reassert themselves after the break, as LeBron sinks the long stepback jumper, pushing the cushion to 18.

James then pulls up for a transition three that helps keep the momentum on the home team's side, and LBJ would pace all players with a game-high 32 points.

Former Cav Anderson Varejao finds Steph Curry in the corner, and it's a four-point play as the MVP is hacked by Irving. Curry ends up with 19.

But there would be no comeback for the titleholders as Matthew Dellavedova's only bucket keeps the rout going in the fourth Q, and the Cavs make it a 2-1 series.

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