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Good morning! The Warriors beat the Cavaliers, 118-113, thanks to an 11-0 run in the final three minutes, and took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Thursday:
The Kyrie Irving buzzer-beater. The Cavs kept things close for most of the first half until the Warriors went on a mini-run towards the end of the first half. It had the potential to be demoralizing for Cleveland, but Irving gave the Cavs a better feeling heading into the locker room by going nearly the length of the court and beating multiple defenders on the way to a buzzer-beating layup.
The Kevin Durant three. Unlike Games 1 and 2, the Cavs owned the third quarter, erasing a 6-point deficit and taking a 5-point lead to the fourth quarter. And for most of the fourth quarter, the lead stayed in the 5-6 point range. But then the Warriors took over when it mattered most, scoring the final 11 points over the final 2.5 minutes, erasing a 6-point deficit. The big shot during the run was Durant’s pull-up three-pointer right in front of LeBron James with 45 seconds to go that gave the Dubs the lead.
The Kyrie Irving give-up three. The next time down the court, Irving, who had been getting to the basket and making circus buckets all night, inexplicably did not attack the basket again. Was it Klay Thompson’s (underrated) defense? Was Irving just tired? Whatever the reason, he pulled up for a long, fall-away three-pointer, missing badly. The Cavs then waited 11 seconds to foul and it felt like the air had just come out of their sail.