In an eerie replay of a year ago, Kevin Durant again delivered a long dagger 3-point shot that capped off his personal playoff career-high 43 points that led the Warriors to a 110-102 NBA Finals Game 3 victory and pushed the Cavs into a suffocating 3-0 ditch.
The Warriors forward defends James better than most, and that was a huge factor in him winning NBA Finals MVP when Golden State defeated Cleveland in 2015. Steph Curry's late 3 pushed the halftime score in Game 1, while Golden State opened things up early in Game 2. Did the Dubs simply do what they were supposed to while holding serve, or did they survive the Cavs' most powerful punch and erase all hope of this becoming a competitive series? "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I made a decision to pull up". OddsShark notes that when the Warriors are favored by 4.5 points or less they are 1-6 straight up in their last seven. He finished with a playoff career-high 43 points to go with 13 rebounds and seven assists, including hitting 6-of-9 3-pointers. Golden State lead the final series 3-0. Curry said that the Warriors are prepared to face the rowdy crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.
Kevin Durant with the cold-blooded step into it 3-pointer in the final seconds of the second quarter kept the Warriors within striking distance, 58-52, heading into the locker room.
"Don't get me wrong, every time I make a shot in the National Basketball Association I get excited". He would finish the game with just 11 points and shot a subzero 3-of-16 from the field and 1-of-10 from deep just one game after hitting a Finals record nine 3's.
"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league".
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The Cavs weren't the one-man team they often seem to be in the first half, with James, Smith and Love all scoring in double digits as Love led the way with 15 points to go with 10 first-half rebounds. They led by as many as 13 points and the Warriors didn't claim their first lead until the third quarter. James had 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in the loss, a performance he likely won't be able to replicate again.
The Cavs kept the game close through most of the fourth quarter.
The Slim Reaper's last trey with 49.8 seconds left proved to be the dagger that pierced the Cavs' hearts after it gave the Warriors a 106-100 lead.
Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series. Iguodala has missed the past six games with a knee injury but practiced Tuesday.
Rodney Hood saw his first real minutes in the series and scored 15 of Cleveland's 23 bench points, going 7-for-11 from the field.