Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to go 3-0 up

Tired Talk: LeBron Dunks Idea He's Worn Out Guarding Durant [VIDEO]

Tired Talk: LeBron Dunks Idea He's Worn Out Guarding Durant [VIDEO]

Only eight teams have swept their opponents 4-0 in the NBA Finals - the last was San Antonio Spurs against Cleveland in the 2006-07 season.

James missed a layup and a turnaround jumper in the final five minutes of Game 3, sure, but he also assisted on J.R. Smith's made 3-pointer and set up three other excellent scoring opportunities.

While James was literally consistent in the past three games, averaging a terrific triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game entering Game 3, that can not be said of Irving and Love. In fact, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the hope was because both players were so hot that at some point they'd get exhausted of carrying their team.

First Steph Curry hit a step-back three over Kevin Love to tie the game at 32. It meant nothing. Golden State counts Kevin Durant as a sidekick. Of course - more so than any other player in the National Basketball Association, the Cavs are LeBron's team.

Jordan's first title team in 1991 is one of three squads that went 15-2. Should the Warriors stay healthy and together - and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes - they should be a title threat every year. Three games in, Durant is averaging 34 points (56.1% shooting overall; 52.4% from three-point range), 10 rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers per game. Nine seconds later, a Durant made cuts the lead to two.

This game wasn't decided in James' 46 minutes on the floor.

That's where the Warriors are leaving us, though, and even if they don't finish the deal Friday, Monday looks no less foreboding.

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"I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I ever had, because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset they were going to have", said LeBron James, the driving force of the defending champion Cavaliers who find themselves down 3-0 in The Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers took a time-out, probably wanting more time to digest the damage to their engine room. James doesn't begrudge the Warriors, he even pointed out the National Basketball Association isn't the only league where dynasties have been built by owners throwing around money. It's the first time the same two teams have met in the Finals for three consecutive years. We missed shots. I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could. 'It's on you, ' Green told Myers.

"And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's-you hope eventually it's going to take its toll", Kerr added.

So if you're reveling in the history, and the triumph of perfection in construction, you win, as long as you don't mind endless arguments with birdbrained recidivists who think Durant should have signed with the Philadelphia 76ers and built a team from scratch.

The Warriors are closing in on an unprecedented 16-0 playoff record, but they have cause to be wary after the Cavs became the first side to come from 3-1 down to steal last year's title from their grasp.

While the Warriors' bad trio clicked (Durant 31 points, Klay Thompson 30 and Curry 26), not their Cavs' counterparts, though; Love proved to be the missing link.