CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – All LeBron James can do is tip his cap.
The 73-win team that he rallied his Cavaliers from a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat added an MVP in Kevin Durant and it’s no surprise Golden State is a win away from completing the first 16-0 run through the post season in NBA history.
Following a stunning 118-113 defeat in Game 3 that saw Golden State finish with an 11-0 run over the final 2:19 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, the only thing James could do is praise the Warriors.
“I mean, before the series even started we knew what we was dealing with,” James said. “I said it after we won the Eastern Conference Finals that we’re getting ready for a juggernaut. It’s probably the most, most firepower I’ve played in my career. I played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower.
“So even when you’re playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they’re going to make runs and they’re going to make shots and they got guys that’s going to make plays. So we made enough plays tonight to still win the ball game, but they made a couple more.”
James finished with a game-high 39 points on 15 of 27 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and 9 assists in the loss.
James, Kyrie Irving, who scored 38, and J.R. Smith combined for 95 points and shot 36 of 66 from the field but the Warriors countered with Kevin Durant’s 31, 30 from Klay Thompson and 26 from Steph Curry.
“Obviously it’s physically and emotionally draining because I give everything to the game and want to put myself and my teammates in a position to be successful,” James said. “So I lay it all on the floor, and I did that tonight, gave everything that I had, both mentally and physically. So obviously I’m drained right now, ready to get home.
“But you’re going against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it’s definitely draining.”