The Cleveland Cavaliers trail the Golden State Warriors 3-0 in the NBA Finals for the second straight year after suffering a 110-102 loss at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.
They're now on the brink of being swept in the Finals for the second time in franchise history after the San Antonio Spurs humiliated them in 2007.
The Cavs produced a spirited display as they looked to claw their way back into the series by protecting their home floor.
But like they have done in every round of the playoffs this season, the Warriors won on the road and are now just one win away from clinching back-to-back titles.
The Dubs once again managed to overcome a sensational performance by LeBron James as he failed in his attempt to will his team to a win.
He often managed to do it throughout their run through the Eastern Conference but it's not proving to be enough against a powerful Warriors outfit.
LeBron posted a triple-double of 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the defeat but will lose in the Finals against the Bay Area franchise for the second consecutive year.
But the four-time MVP did have one consolation to take away from the game as he was able to make history yet again and add another impressive milestone to his collection.
The King has now surpassed Michael Jordan for the most 30-point playoff games in NBA history. This was his 110th game with 30 points or more in the postseason over his 284 outings.
MJ produced 109 in the 179 career playoff games he featured in.
The 33-year-old may be on the verge of seeing his Finals record drop to 3-6 but it's feats like this that will keep the LeBron-Jordan comparisons alive and the endless debate of who the greatest player of all time is.
James also passed the Hall of Famer into second place for the most 40-point playoff games last week.
Last year, he also overtook the Chicago Bulls legend and became the NBA's leader in postseason points.
His historic performance in Game 3 was even more impressive after he twisted his ankle in the second quarter and had to play in pain the rest of the way.
The 15-year veteran still managed to play 47 out of 48 minutes on the night and doesn't plan to sit out for Friday's Game 4 either.
"I twisted it pretty good, but I'll be in the lineup on Friday," James said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
This was LeBron's 103rd consecutive game this campaign, regular season and the playoffs combined. His previous high for an entire year was 100 in 2010-11.
If the Warriors do complete a sweep of the Cavaliers, it will be a dent on his resume but it shouldn't diminish his legacy as he'll still be recognised as one of the best players to ever grace the NBA.
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