"I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset that they were going to have", he said of facing a Warriors team looking to be the first to win a championship without losing a post-season game.
"Kevin Durant is a once in a lifetime player", Thomas said, "I don't think our league has ever seen a player like a Kevin Durant who is so unique".
James went seven-of-eight from the floor for 16 points in the first quarter, but when he went to the bench late in the period the Warriors closed it with a 10-0 run to lead 39-32, Curry sinking two 3-pointers in the spurt.
Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made. "I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of".
The Cavs set an NBA Finals record for most three pointers made in a game, connecting on 20 of their 33 three-point attempts at the end of the third quarter. Now, they have to sweep the remainder of the series to retain the title.
"It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career".
"I've got to go home, get my mind focused and get my body focused for game four and we take it one possession at a time".
Golden State has played great basketball, holding the Cavaliers to just 91 points with no turnovers in Game 1 and scoring 132 points in Game 2, despite their accumulation of 20 turnovers during the game.
The Warriors scored the last 11 points to stretch their record playoff win streak this season to 15-0 and grabbed a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"We just wanted to hang around", Durant said.
"I'm not even thinking about that", Durant said Thursday. "And they gave us everything they had", Lue said. "Obviously you never know what's going to happen, but as it stands right now, they look pretty good as far as the future".
"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team".
For the Golden State Warriors, it's making history or more millions.
"It took a while for it to kind of reveal itself consistently as the regular season went on, but once it clicked and the habits started to become second nature, it was kind of attractive to watch and an awesome kind of style to play and watch unfold", Curry said.