Game 3 of the NBA Finals delivered the best numbers ABC has ever had for the finals since ABC started showing the games back in 2003. The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors had 18.8 million viewers tune in and averaged an 11.1 rating. To put this number in perspective, only 14.6 million viewers were watching last year’s finals game 3. The peak rating was a 13.8 from 11:30-11:45 p.m. and was up 26 percent from an 8.8 for last year’s Game 3.

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The series includes many intriguing story-lines but none bigger than Lebron James trying to win a championship for his hometown team. Everybody already knows the story how he decided to take his talents to South Beach where he went on to win two championships there. Lebron came home to play for Cleveland this year where he would go on to team-up with superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

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Cleveland was the number two seed in the Eastern Conference headed into the playoffs but anything less than a championship would be a disappointment for this team. It was in the first round where Cleveland would suffer the first big blow with the loss of Kevin Love due to a dislocated shoulder. The Cavaliers still went on to make it to the finals to face the Warriors. In the first game the Cavaliers suffered their next big loss when Irving went down with a fractured kneecap. The Cavaliers went on to lose game one in overtime and looked extremely outmatched by the Warriors.

Just like that, it was Lebron leading a team of average players against a team destined to win the championship. Warriors finished first in the Western Conference with 67 wins lead by the splash brothers. Heading into game 2, everybody was writing off the Cavaliers and nobody expected it to pass five games at this point. However, Lebron has put up monstrous numbers and have led the Cavaliers to a 2-1 lead in the series.  The Warriors have been a dominant team all season long and have been a high-scoring team. In the regular season the Warriors offense has averaged 110.0 point per-game. The last two games the Cavaliers defense has been able to hold the Warriors to under 60 points through three quarters and just 92 ppg.

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Will the Cavaliers be able to keep up shutting the Warriors down? Let me know in the comments below.

The series will continue with game 4 being held June 11th in Cleveland.

Jeremy O’Neill covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @MFSTJeremy

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