LeBron James Game 3 Stats
Final Stats: 39 points (15-27 FG, 4-9 3PT, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 5 turnovers
LeBron James was transcendent for most of Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Dubs put together a late comeback to secure the 118-113 win and 3-0 series lead.
Here’s a closer look at James’ game:
It was an eventful first quarter for James, who made his first four shot attempts, shook off a big-time collision with Tristan Thompson, and responded with a monstrous throw down to cap off his big quarter:
James ended the first quarter with 15 points (7-of-8 FG, 1-of-2 3PT), two assists, one rebound and one steal. He went the bench with his team up two, but by the time the quarter ended, the Cavs trailed, 39-31.
LeBron was back in at the start of the second, and you know he’s having a good night when even his passes start going in:
James made his next two shots, a three and a pretty reverse layup to pull the Cavs to within one about midway through the second:
By that point, he was 9-of-10 from the field, which, amazingly enough, wasn’t the first time he’d accomplished that feat in the postseason:
After playing the entire second quarter, LeBron finished the half with 27 points (11-of-14 FG, 3-of-5 3PT), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.
LeBron cooled down a bit in the third quarter, but he did pick up four assists in the period, and for the first time all series, the rest of the Cavs helped carry the load. Kyrie Irving was especially big, as Cleveland out-scored Golden State by 11 to carry a five-point lead into the fourth.
Down the stretch, James had a handful of big plays. An offensive rebound and subsequent layup with seven minutes left. A beautiful drive and cross-court pass to JR Smith, who knocked down the three to put Cleveland up six with three minutes to go. Another offensive rebound on the next possession.
But ultimately, it wasn’t enough. After two potential James assists in the final minutes were missed by Kevin Love and Kyle Korver, Kevin Durant hit a couple of huge shots to give Golden State back the lead, and a key strip of James by Andre Iguodala sealed the victory for the Dubs:
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