Warriors open Game 3 with new Finals record for 3s in a quarter

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4612/" data-ylk="slk:Stephen Curry">Stephen Curry</a> and the Warriors lit it up from long range to start Game 3. (Getty Images)
Stephen Curry and the Warriors lit it up from long range to start Game 3. (Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers entered Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals with the hope that they could temper the offensive onslaught exhibited by the Golden State Warriors in their two series-opening wins. The first quarter only confirmed that the defending champions will need a lot more than good vibes to stop this year’s title favorites.

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The Warriors lit it up from long range in the first quarter, making 9-of-14 3-pointers to set a new NBA Finals record for threes in a period. Stephen Curry broke the mark on a step-back three with 1:36 on the clock and added Golden State’s ninth triple just 26 seconds later.

Curry and Kevin Durant both made two 3-pointers in the period, but the most prolific Warriors shooter was Klay Thompson. The less-heralded Splash Brother made 4-of-5 threes in the first for an early game-high 16 points. Thompson had previously logged just his second four-three game of the postseason in Sunday’s Game 2.

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The Warriors made three more 3-pointers to set another record for threes in an NBA Finals half with 12, breaking their own record of 11 set in Game 5 of last season’s series against the Cavaliers. However, Golden State cooled off in the second half to finish with only 16 3-pointers, although Kevin Durant’s huge triple with 45 seconds left clinched the 118-113 win and a 3-0 series lead.

The Game 3 record follows another historic shooting performance in the previous game, when the Warriors made 18 3-pointers to match the record for makes in an NBA Finals game.

The Warriors have put up big first-quarter scoring numbers so far in the NBA Finals. Their 39 points in Wednesday’s opening period followed 40 in Game 2 and 35 in Game 1.

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