The easy script Cleveland Cavaliers continues to roll on. Initially pitched as a star-heavy team full of well-heeled All-Stars, the Cavs are playing their best defense of the season, and they’ve taken a 2-1 advantage in the 2015 NBA Finals. The Cavs downed Golden State by a 96-91 score in Game 3 behind another near-triple double from LeBron James, and several key plays from the irascible Matthew Dellavedova.
The Cavalier point guard, only starting due to Kyrie Irving’s season-ending knee injury, hit a three-point play with just over 2:30 left to quell a Golden State comeback. Directly following aStephen Curry three-pointer that cut the Cavalier lead to one point, Dellavedova hit a crouching, scrambling – cramblin’ – runner in the lane that drew a foul on the NBA MVP. A series of dives to the floor in pursuit of loose balls in the minutes that followed only added to the legend.
Dellavedova finished with 20 points in the win, turning the ball over just twice while playing standout defense on Curry yet again. It was the threat of James, however, that gave Cleveland the series lead.
LeBron once again worked his way toward a standout box score line. He sat just two minutes in the win, tossed in 40 points on 14-34 shooting, added eight assists, 12 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. James also altered a series of shots in the paint as Golden State failed to execute its previously-prolific offense yet again.
For a while, it looked as if Golden State was well on its way to a blowout loss that they deserved just as much as Cleveland earned