Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of finals

Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of finals

Playing the role of LeBron James on Wednesday night was Kevin Durant.

The Cavs led 14-4 with 7:57 left in the first quarter, a complete flip from Game 2 when the Warriors jumped to a 15-6 lead with 8:12 left in the first quarter. No one else other than Durant had more than 10 points for the Warriors.

"Tonight will be tough", said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half.

James scored 33 points and Kevin Love added 20 for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged. After Golden State had raced out to a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals, it looked like the Cavs would need either a hot shooting night or for the Warriors to suddenly go cold from deep. "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I chose to pull up".

But the Warriors fought back into it, with Durant hitting a variety of impossible-to-defend jumpers, and it was a one-point game with six minutes to go.

The Raptors' oh-fer here doesn't even quite explain the level of dominance.

After a record nine three-pointers in a Finals match from Curry, James urged the Cavs to remember they can only control what they do on the court.

As they've done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors surged in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 31-23 to take an 83-81 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Curry erupted for 16 of his game-high 33 points and was a ideal 5-of-5 from beyond the arc in the eight minutes he played. The rims are supposed to be the same, but the results are quite different.

As coach Tyronn Lue had hoped, Cleveland was more physical and won several 50-50 balls while outrebounding and outworking the Warriors, who spent much of the first half barking about the officiating. After the game, LeBron was speaking to reports when he said that "the odds have been stacked against me since I was 5 years old". "You play more games at home than you do on the road as far as in certain arenas". Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.

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