Cavs down 3-0 to Spurs after LeBronâ€™s last shot bounces out
Game 3: San Antonio: 75 Cleveland: 72
The shots refused to go down. So did the Spurs. As a result, the Cavs are just barely standing following Tuesday nightâ€™s 75-72 loss in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The situation is this: One more loss and the Cavsâ€™ season is over, swept away by a Spurs team on the cusp of dynasty status. San Antonio now leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven series and if they get that fourth win they will also have their fourth title in nine years.
For the Cavs, it was their first-ever NBA Finals game at home, but things didnâ€™t go as planned despite an arena filled with rabid fans.
Oh, the Cavs had their chances, despite hitting just 37 percent from the field and just 3 of 19 3-pointers.
Plenty of open looks missed the mark, but none stung quite as much as the final one, a LeBron James long 3-pointer with time running out and the Cavs down by three. If the shot goes in, itâ€™s overtime.
The shot looked good, but like so many Cavalier shots on the night, it bounced off the rim.
It looked like James might have been fouled as he went up for the shot â€” replays showed Bruce Bowen grasping at his jersey â€” but nothing was called. Had a foul been called, James would have had three free throws and a chance to tie the game.
Maybe that was a long shot. And on a night when few long shots went in for the Cavs, that one pretty much had no chance either.
Cleveland Cavaliersâ€™ LeBron James pleads his case with referee Bob Delaney at the close of Clevelandâ€™s 75-72 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Tuesday.
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Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moondog exhorts the crowd at a rally Tuesday on Mall B in downtown Cleveland. The Scream Team dancers are in the blue camouflage T-shirts.