In this image shot with a fisheye lens, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots under Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Larry W. Smith/Pool Photo via AP)
LeBron James scored 40 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-91 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the NBA Finals on June 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs now lead the series, 2-1.
Cleveland took advantage of yet another struggling shooting performance by the Warriors.
Golden State MVP guard Steph Curry was only 1-of-5 from three-point land in the first half, and his supporting cast didn’t help matters as they also had difficulties connecting on routine shots.
Star shooting guard Klay Thompson missed several wide open shots, making just six of 16 shot attempts, and forward Draymond Green was just 2-of-10 from the field.
With Golden State in a funk, Cleveland went into halftime with a seven-point lead, and kept the lead throughout most of the second half. The Warriors cut into the lead late in the fourth quarter after Curry’s shooting finally started to heat up. But by then, it was too late to pull off a comeback victory.
Curry finished with 27 points, six assists and six rebounds; Andre Iguodola followed up with 15 points off the bench.
James had a game-high 40 points with 12 rebounds, eight assists and four steals; Matt Dellavedova followed with 20 points and helped make shots more difficult while defending Curry.
Next: Cleveland will host Golden State in Game Four on Thursday, June 11. Tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.