Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

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The Golden State Warriors will attempt to become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated throughout the NBA Playoffs.

LeBron James hailed the Golden State Warriors' unrivalled "firepower" after his Cleveland Cavaliers side fell to a 118-113 loss in game three of the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors have beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the NBA Finals. "We missed shots", he said. What James and Irving do is get buckets late with the game on the line and win Cleveland games.

The Cavaliers need to win Game 3 to have any shot at getting back into this series.

And with a victory in Game 4 on Friday night, Golden State can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.

'All I was looking at was the bottom of the net, ' said Durant, a four-times scoring champion playing his first season with Golden State.

But Cleveland's LeBron James admitted his side would have to play a ideal game on Friday to avoid being on the wrong side of a new landmark.

They will make the first unbeaten playoff run in National Basketball Association history with a victory in game four on Friday at Cleveland.

He's not wrong: The Cavs star is averaging 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists over two games against the Warriors.

"You don't want to prolong a series and give a team more and more confidence", Green said. "So, we made enough plays tonight to still win the ballgame, but they made a couple more".

Klay Thompson added 30 points and Stephen Curry 26 for this California Dream Team now one win from its second title in three years.

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. "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". "I think that was a much tougher transition because you're talking about two guys who generally in their careers to that point had been kind of point forward types, neither one was really a 3-point shooter at the time".

He was also one win away from returning to the Finals previous year with Oklahoma City but they squandered a 3-1 series lead to Golden State, who he joined a little over a month later. Curry, victor of the last two MVP awards, is fully healthy after struggling through last year's Finals. And maybe, if the Cavs shoot better than 12-44 from three in Game 3, we're having a different conversation.

But down 0-3 following an emotional, gut-punch loss, when the Warriors make their run in Game 4 will the air come out of the balloon in Cleveland?