The night, which was filled with questionable officiating, technical fouls and not-too-friendly chit-chat, ended with the crowd chanting, "Cavs in seven".
"I don't like it", he said.
Yet the one thing that could prove to be sustainable is the dominant Batman/Superman act that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have shown us they're capable of pulling off. Irving had a game-high 40 on Friday, while James finished with a 31-point triple-double.
"We finally settled in, man, it was about damn time, for all of us just to really see what playing well as a group looks like against a great team like the Warriors", said Irving. "It was a do-or-die game". This year, they'd have to become the first team in National Basketball Association history to win the Finals after being 3-0 down.
Golden State were bidding for a ideal run of 16 wins from 16 in the play-offs - a feat never achieved before. The Warriors were just 11-for-39 on 3-pointers (.282).
In the third, Cleveland continued to stave off the Warriors' efforts.
Love fouled Durant on a drive with 7:26 to go in the period and, though he appeared to make a play on the ball, was eventually hit with a flagrant foul.
"You get down 3-0 and you're fighting and you're trying to get a win, you do whatever it takes", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after his team's 137-116 win. "So we're in a great spot, and now we have to capitalize", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Pachulia could have been ejected, but was only given a technical as was Shumpert.
The first two periods were equally insane. "So then I thought the second one Draymond was going to get kicked out, but they explained that the first one was on me".
Toss in three threes from Smith, one of them a 35-footer, and the Cavs went 13-for-22 on 3-pointers in the opening half.
"We made shots", Lue said. "We've been getting these shots the whole series". "We haven't been shooting the ball well". The Cavaliers scored 49 points in the first quarter alone, the most in a quarter in NBA Finals history.More news: Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote
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So when Stephen Curry got a question about his Game 3 squat after the game-clinching Kevin Durant three-pointer, he understandably wasn't happy about it. Jones' fines now total $9,000, or $127 less than his one-game salary. And you give us a day in between and we were ready to come out - especially me because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. "It was the first time all series".
Cleveland stopped Golden State's ideal postseason and possibly started another comeback. There were 18 fouls in the period, 12 on the Warriors.
A James 3-pointer put Cleveland ahead 115-96 entering the fourth quarter.
And beyond their firepower, the Cavs did it on defense, holding the up-and-down Warriors without a single fast-break point.
"We never count ourselves out", Love said.
"It's part of the game, I understand that".
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But until the Cavs did it past year, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals. Totals 46-87 21-31 137.
3-Point Goals: 11-39, .282 (K.Thompson 4-10, Curry 2-9, Durant 2-9, McCaw 1-2, Clark 1-3, Green 1-6).
Cleveland built an early 16-point lead and for the first extended time in the series, the defending champions looked and played like the superior team at both ends. With the Cleveland Cavaliers' season on the line on Friday, the extraordinary yet divisive guard hero-balled his way to 40 points on 15-for-27 shooting, going 7 for 12 from deep and showing the world why he's considered one of the most skilled offensive players on the planet.
Rebounds: 41 (T.Thompson 10, James 10).