Man of steel Matthew Dellavedova gives ’em curry

THEY might be missing injured stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

But they've got arguably the best player on the planet in LeBron James, and the player dubbed the worst in the NBA by some critics, Aussie battler Matthew Dellavedova. And that could be enough for Cleveland to win its first NBA title.

It was enough for the Cavs to win game three of the finals 96-91 and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. James finished with a game-high 40 points, taking his tally in the three games to an NBA record 123.

Dellavedova not only chipped in with a career-high playoff tally of 20 points, also brilliantly limited the influence of Golden State's star shooter Steph Curry.

The league's MVP could produce only three points in the first half, before finding some space in the second half to finish with 27.

James again was lavish in his praise of his Aussie teammate after the match.

"He is made of steel or something. If there's a ball on the ground he is going to be the first guy on the ground. He showed that multiple times tonight," James told ESPN.

"He gives us everything until the tank is empty. He is huge for our team, he gives us that grit, that grit that we need."

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