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Cavaliers 112, Warriors 97 | Golden State leads series, 3-2: Cavaliers Stave Off Elimination in N.B.A. Finals

Playing a physical game filled with hard fouls, sprawling bodies and constant arguments with officials, the Cavaliers turned a halftime tie into a blowout victory. They slowly deflated a crowd expecting a coronation for a team that won a record 73 regular-season games and beat the Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2 by a combined 48 points, the largest differential for the first two games in finals history.

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Cavaliers forward LeBron James shooting a layup during the first half. James finished 4 of 8 on 3-pointers and contributed 16 rebounds.

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Golden State Coach Steve Kerr had foreshadowed the possibility before the game.

“What we’ve learned the last couple of years is that we’re a team that sometimes lets down when things are going well,” he said. “But we’re also a team that has responded every single time we’ve been faced with adversity in the playoffs the last two years.”

The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson’s 37 points, and his “Splash Brother,” Stephen Curry, added 25. But they got uneven contributions from teammates, and…

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