#NBAFinals Roundup: June 10, 2015

LeBron James is two wins away from bringing a championship back to the city of Cleveland. It’s been a long time, but now, even after all their tribulations, the goal is within reach. This was made possible by a pulsating Game 3 win by the Cavs over the heavily-favored Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James carried the Cavs to another rousing win in the #NBAFinals.
(image by David Kyle/Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

Cleveland 96, Golden State 91
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - James has the city halfway from its long-awaited celebration. Don't talk about that championship with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, however.

"Long way to go before we start talking about that," he said. "Everything is still very much wide open."

James was two assists shy from another triple-double, recording 40 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers held off the Golden State Warriors 96-91 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Cleveland nearly squandered a 20-point, third-quarter cushion Tuesday night after letting an 11-point lead slip away in the final three-plus minutes of regulation in Game 2 before winning in overtime.

Stephen Curry hit a 3-pointer to trim the Golden State deficit to a point with 2:45 left, but the Cavs scored the next seven points and kept the Warriors at bay the rest of the way to take a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 is Thursday in Cleveland.

James, coming off an NBA Finals career-high 44-point performance in Game 1 and his fifth NBA Finals triple-double in Game 2, was 14-of-34 from the field and sank all six of his crucial foul shots in the final minute.

Matthew Dellavedova, again starting for the injured Kyrie Irving, netted 20 points, and Tristan Thompson added 10 points and 13 boards for Cleveland.

Curry, who missed 18 of his 23 shots in Game 2, continued to struggle in the first half of Game 3, but found his shooting stroke over the final 24 minutes. He scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting prior to the break before pouring in 24 on 9-of-14 efficiency over the last two quarters. Seventeen of those second-half points came in the fourth.

Golden State shot just 35.4 percent (23-of-65) and made 5-of-20 shots from beyond the arc over the first three frames before charging back in it in the fourth.

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