LeBron's Game 3 dunk sets social media on fire

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

The Golden State Warriors cleared Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of the title series against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, following a six-game absence to deal with a bone bruise around his left knee.

Durant also hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the finals previous year against Cleveland with 45 seconds remaining.

James is averaging 40.0 points, 10.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game in the Finals.

Cleveland may be staring at a 4-0 drubbing in the National Basketball Association finals, but at least one player managed to crack a smile during their Game 3 loss.

"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in The Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost as well".

Even during the 2016 title-winning campaign, Cavaliers had come back from a 1-3 deficit.

James set an early tone barely two minutes into the contest with an fantastic dunk with an assist from the backboard. "[That's why they] went out and got KD, to where there's really not much pressure on - you know, I won't say "any of them" to score, but if one of them has a bad game, they have three or four guys that can actually pick up the load".

Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win.

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Gilbert was likely pleased when, 22 seconds into the third quarter, James drove to the basket, made a bucket and was fouled, promptly giving Cleveland its first free throw of the game.

Players not named LeBron James were contributing, and it was a single-possession game down the stretch.

He was amused earlier in this series by a question that suggested the defining moment of his career was the 3-pointer in Game 3 last season.

"I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn't succeed getting past a Boston, getting past the San Antonios of the league", James said, noting he knew what Bosh and Wade had inside from past experiences.

No other Warriors player scored over 11 points. Some of them are the first in their families to go to college. "He raised up and made a big shot for them, kind of like he did a year ago".

Curry scored 33 points and was 9-of-17 on 3-point attempts in Golden State's 122-103 victory in Game 2. Previous year we were up 2, and he pulled up pretty much right at the three-point line and got a great contest, but he made it. And then you have Draymond (Green), who is arguably one of the best defenders and minds we have in our game.

Curry shot just 3 for 16 but he made a layup with the Warriors down one and followed with his only 3-pointer of the game for a four-point lead with a little more than 2 ½ minutes remaining.

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