Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to the opposition, because at the end of the day, they’re just better.

I think that’s where we are heading in these 2017 NBA Finals.

Wednesday night, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving seemingly gave every ounce of energy they had to help get the defending league champions back in the series. And yet, it wasn’t enough.

The Cavs went cold in the final 2:48 of the game as Golden State finished on an 11-0 run on their way to a 118-113 win, and a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Warriors can lock up their second NBA title in three years on Friday in Game 4 at the Q.

James finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Irving added 38. But they were helpless down the stretch as Kevin Durant’s 3-pointer with :45 seconds to go gave the Warriors the lead for good. Durant scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 30, Steph Curry finished with 26. Just an amazing offensive machine.

“I said it after we won the Eastern Conference Finals that we’re getting ready for a juggernaut,” James recalled after Wednesday’s loss. “It’s probably the most, most firepower I’ve played in my career. I played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower.”

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