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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Warriors have been dominant in third quarters and with 10-0 runs -- and they just opened the third quarter of Game 3 with a 10-0 run in a quick 1:52 to take a 21-point lead over the Rockets.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Make that now a 10-0 run to begin the third for the Warriors after Kevin Durant drains a triple. Durant has a game-high 20 points thus far. The defending champs have a 21-point lead.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State starts the third on a 7-0 run to increase its lead over Houston to 18.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Credit the Warriors' defense for stifling the Rockets at the rim, but Houston has also missed some easy shots at point-blank range. In fact, with 13 missed layups in the first half, the Rockets have already tied for their most in a game this postseason -- and they missed nine of those in the second quarter alone. All told, the Rockets shot just 43 percent (9-21) in the restricted area in the first half, tied for their worst in a half this postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Curry's 3-point woes continue early on in Game 3 against the Rockets, as the Warriors star shot 1-of-6 from beyond the arc in the opening quarter. His five missed 3-pointers ties for his most misses from long distance in a quarter of a playoff game in his career. (He has done so three times, including tonight, according to ESPN Stats & Information.)

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State went on an 11-0 run to end the first quarter. They lead Houston 31-22.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough first quarter for Chris Paul: no points, no assists, two turnovers, minus-12 in 8:19

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Curry entered Game 3 shooting 2-of-13 from 3-point land in this series and the struggle continues. So far, he's 1-of-6 from downtown.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Warriors coaches spend the first 45 seconds of a timeout surrounding Stephen Curry. No doubt the staff was addressing Curry's matador defense early which has led to straight line drive layups for Trevor Ariza who twice left Curry in his wake. Curry also missed his first three as the Oracle crowd surged with hopeful anticipation that the drought from deep might be over early.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Rockets pre-game gathering in the tunnel at Oracle moments before they take the floor for Game 3. In a word: loose.

1:02

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni on Luc Mbah a Moute, who has struggled since returning from dislocating his right shoulder for the second time this season: "I'll stick with him and trust him because he deserves that. He's one of the reasons why we're here and we won 65 games."

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Ex-Texas A&M center Tyler Davis told ESPN's The Undefeated that he is staying in the NBA Draft and forgoing his senior season. "I loved my time at Texas A&M. I love Coach Kennedy, my coaches and my teammates. I will always be an Aggie, and am thankful I was a part of their program. I just want to start my career as a pro and have decided to stay in the 2018 NBA Draft with the goal of being in the NBA next season," Davis told The Undefeated.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

PJ Tucker's game day attire for Game 3. Never disappoints.

0:14

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Jay Triano has agreed to become the top assistant on James Borrego's new coaching staff with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell ESPN.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylen Brown: "I use [Game 3] as fuel. I thought it was embarrassing. Thought we came out, the way I played, the way I performed, how not aggressive I was in the first half, I look at that as fuel to come out in Game [4] and be excited about it and be ready to play and ready to fight."

1:11

Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

Whatever It Takes! Tonight it would've taken $2,190.00 to sit courtside and watch Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers claim a 30 point victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs head into the 4th Q with all five starters in double-digits and leading 87-63. LeBron James 27 pts, 9 ast, 4 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk; Kevin Love 13 pts, 14 reb, 4 ast; George Hill 13 pts, 2 ast; JR Smith 11 pts, 5 reb; Tristan Thompson 10 pts, 7 reb. Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum both lead Boston with 13 pts apiece. The Celtics are shooting just 37.5 pct as a team.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was 3-for-23 from 3 in the entirety of the Eastern Conference semifinals through Game 1 of the ECF. In his last game and a half, he's 8-for-14 from 3.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs up 32-17 after 1Q. CLE shoots 6-for-11 from 3 (54.5 pct) and puts two players in double digits with LeBron James (12 pts on 4-for-6) and George Hill (11 pts on 4-for-7). Jayson Tatum (6 pts) leads Boston.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics took extremely good care of the basketball through the first two games of this series. In Game 3, four first-quarter turnovers didn't help the team's offensive woes. Cavaliers pushed their lead as high as 19 in the frame.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The pregame coaches comments on the narratives coming into Game 3 mimicked one another. Tyronn Lue on the Cavs being 0-2 in the series: "We're not discouraged. We're ready for Game 3. 0-2 doesn't really mean anything." Brad Stevens on the Celtics being 1-4 on the road so far in the postseason: "We've only played five games [on the road in the playoffs]. I think it's a pretty small sample size."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

George Hill and JR Smith combined to go 1-for-11 from 3 in Games 1 and 2. They are 2-for-4 from 3 in the first quarter of Game 3 so far.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier has four points on 2-for-4 shooting to start Game 3. The rest of the Boston Celtics have started off 0-for-5.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

George Hill scores the first bucket of Game 3 with a driving layup in traffic. He vowed to be more aggressive and is showing that from the tip here.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Delaney, the former longtime official/VP of referee operations and director of officials, will be awarded the Presidential Medallion when he addresses the graduating class at his alma mater, New Jersey City University, on May 22 in Newark. It surely will be an entertaining address since Delaney is a terrific public speaker full of incredible stories from his NBA days and the nearly three harrowing years he served as an undercover state trooper assigned to infiltrate the New Jersey organized crime scene in the mid-1970s.