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David Blatt, Cavaliers one step closer to first NBA championship

LeBron's 41 points lead Cleveland to Game 3 victory and a 2-1 series lead.

LeBron James David Blatt Game 3 NBA FinalsLeBron James David Blatt Game 3 NBA FinalsLeBron James (left) and coach David Blatt (right) after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 96-91 in Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals in Cleveland. The Cavs are two wins away from a title. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

Half the team is injured, only seven players are available, and it seems that LeBron James is the only player taking a shot. But all of that's no problem for David Blatt's Cleveland Cavaliers, who took a big early lead, then survived a late surge by Golden State to win Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 96-91, in front of the home fans at Quicken Loans Arena.

Though injuries have sidelined the Cavs' two best players not named LeBron (Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving), they're up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series over the heavily favored Warriors and league MVP Stephen Curry. If the Cavs win, it'll be their first title, and the city of Cleveland's first championship since the Browns won the NFL championship way back in 1964.

Once again, James put the team on his back, with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. He has scored the most points ever in the first three games of an NBA Finals (123 points).

Blatt, who is in his first year as an NBA coach after coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv and other Euroleague teams, marveled at his megastar's performance. "I didn't see him take bad shots at all," reported the Jerusalem Post from Blatt's postgame press conference. "I thought he was great. I thought he controlled the game and helped his team to play the way that we wanted to play."

Here are some highlights from King James' performance. The series continues in Cleveland on Thursday night.


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