5. Golden State Warriors Set An NBA Record For 3-Points In a Quarter
The Warriors made nine three-pointers in the first quarter of Wednesday’s Game 3 matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, setting an all-time NBA Finals mark for most threes in a quarter. The previous record was seven, held by multiple teams. The Golden State also broke its own team record for most threes, 8, in a postseason quarter. Klay Thompson was responsible for four of the nine threes. While Steph Curry and Kevin Durant each added a pair, Andre Iguodala had the other one.
At the end of the 1st quarter, The Warriors was leading the Cavaliers with 39-32. This franchise holds a number of individual and team records for brilliance beyond the arc (Three pointers), both in the regular season and playoffs. Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, & Kevin Durant are just the 6th trio of teammates to each score 25Plus points in a non-OT NBA Finals game.
4. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving saw a combined 77-point in the Cavs’ 113 points loss
James finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Irving had 38 points, six rebounds and three assists. It broke Cleveland’s perfect 4-0 all-time record in the postseason when both James and Irving score 30-plus points.
Despite their output, both had plays in the final minute that will be remembered for not going their way. James passed to an Kyle Korver for a open 3-point attempt with 52.5 seconds left and the Cavs up by two. He missed. Irving took a stepback jumper with 26.5 seconds left from the right wing – the same spot he hit his notorious game winner in Game 7 last year – and he missed.
“We had some really good looks,” James said. “It’s a miss-or-make league. We make a couple, they miss a couple, and it’s the other way around. But it didn’t happen that way.”
3. One more step, and then Warriors are 2017 NBA Champions With a 16-0 Record
At the 45-second mark there’s an entry for Durant making a 3-pointer for a 114-113 lead. Then there are two made free throws with 12 seconds left to make it a 116-113 advantage. It was the pivotal moment in the Warriors’ 118-113 victory that gave them a 3-0 lead in the series.
Last year, they failed to close the deal, punctuating their record 73-win season with an epic collapse. Making no mistake, they want 16-0 this year as much as they wanted 73 last year.
2. Despite the Cavs’ loss, James keeps setting new records
James moved up to 3rd on All-Time NBA Finals Assists Leaders. After making nine assists in the Cavs Game 3 against Warriors, James passed Bill Russell. LeBron Now, James is also 5th all-time in Field Goals made in the NBA Finals, passing Michael Jordan. He also moved up to 4th on the Finals scoring list, passing Elgin Baylor.
1. LeBron Jmaes Said: Warriors Is The Most “Firepower” I’ve Seen In My Career
After close Game 3, a journalist ask LeBron if he know the team they are dealing with.
“…I mean that’s probably the most… uh… most firepower and I’ve played in my career. When I played against some good teams, but I think no team has had this type of firepower,.. you know… even when you playing well, you got it play,… you got to play like… you know… eight plus plus,.. you know,… because they’re runs and they’re going to make shots and they got guys that’s going to make play.”