The championship-starved crowd in Cleveland went home thrilled Tuesday night, following a heart-stopping 96-91 Cavs win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James continued his brilliant play with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.

Matthew Dellavedova, to everyone’s continued shock, was once again a major factor in the victory.

Stephen Curry helped the Dubs rally in the fourth quarter by scoring 17 of his 27 points in the final stanza, and they now face a must-win Game 4 Thursday night.

Per the AP:

Through three games, James has played 142 of 154 possible minutes, scored 123 points and taken 107 shots. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love out with injuries, it’s all on James to deliver. So far, he has. […] “I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to help our team win,” he said. “It’s the finals, and it’s whatever it takes. This is a totally different challenge.”

 

Cleveland nearly threw Game 3 away. The Cavs, who led 92-83 with 51 seconds left, had to withstand a scoring flurry by Curry. […] The league’s MVP finally found his shooting touch in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points as the Warriors, who trailed by 20 in the third, refused to go away. Golden State got a huge lift from reserve David Lee, but they rode Curry, who made five 3-pointers — his last with 18.9 seconds to pull the Warriors within 94-91.

 

“We’re a young group,” James said, “and like I told the group, ‘It’s OK.’ We haven’t been in a lot of these situations, if any, with this group.”

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