Cavaliers hope to feed off energy of Cleveland fans during Game 3

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One question has been asked several times this NBA Playoffs - can any team beat Golden State Warriors?

But as we know from previous year, when the Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit, mainly thanks to an incredible performance from eventual NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, no lead is safe against the King.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green hailed Kevin Durant and said he preferred his team-mate over Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

"I've been wokring on that shot my whole life, and for that one to go in, that's liberating", the forward told ESPN's Doris Goodwin after the game. As you heard from many players over the years how tough close-out games are.

A win in game four on Friday night in Cleveland will see Golden State exorcise the haunting demons from past year when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers. The Warriors took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 118-113 victory on Wednesday night.

James, Kyrie Irving Kevin Love are going to play an important role for Cavs while Curry and Durant will be eager to continue their form in Game 3 as well.

"Irving and James each played about 45 minutes on the court, leaving them worn out when it mattered most".

Said James: "They made some shots and we didn't". I thought we made some defensive breakdowns and gave them some really open looks. "I think his driving to the rim and his defense got him going and knocking down his three", Durant said.

"It's going to be very telling in the series, a huge game for both teams, and we feel like we (either) play great here or we go home".

"We've got to play with pace". For comparison, James averaged 16.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 4.7 apg with a 51.2 shooting percentage during the second half of games in the 2016 NBA Finals.

It was a particularly cruel way for James' night to end after he scored 39 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists.

Even in Game 2 the Cavaliers looked improved and came away with a 19-point loss. No team had ever won more than 11 consecutive playoff games before this postseason.

An exasperated Durant, a superstar forward for the Golden State Warriors, has stated on a number of occasions that he is sick and exhausted of finishing second. "So even when you're playing well, you've got to play like A-plus-plus".

After winning Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points at home, the Warriors had to scrap for all 48 minutes to take down the Cavs, who will need a similar effort to avoid being swept by a team with few - if any - weaknesses. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.

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