CLEVELAND— Cleveland's LeBron James had 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 96-91 victory over Golden State on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors trimmed a 20-point deficit down to one with about 2-1/2 minutes left, but Matthew Dellavedova converted a three-point play, James made a 3-pointer and Tristan Thompson added a free throw for an 88-80 advantage with 1:31 left.

Stephen Curry's 3-pointer later trimmed it to 94-91 before James hit two free throws to finish it.

Australian Dellavedova finished with 20 points for the Cavs, who host Game 4 on Thursday.

Curry rebounded from a slow start to finish with 27 points for the Warriors. (AP)