Friday, 17 August, 2018

Kevin Durant leads Warriors past Cavaliers for NBA final stranglehold

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Eugene Bates | 07 June, 2018, 11:49

The Warriors' Kevin Durant scored 43 points in 43 minutes as his Golden State squad came from behind to beat James and the Cavaliers, 110-102 in game three of the NBA Finals. Cleveland led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, and was going to get its win, pushing the series to 2-1 and forcing the Warriors' repressed memory of their 3-1 collapse two years ago to come back to the forefront.

"It was like deja vu watching him hit that shot again", Cavs forward Kevin Love said. When Curry is on, Golden State is just about unstoppable.

The Cavs did everything we thought they needed to do and yet, still, it wasn't enough. "I didn't want to run in there and shoot a bad shot.so I chose to shoot it from there and it felt good leaving my hands". It is going to be especially tough to get it this time around as his team does not have the talent to stack up and play against the Warriors. Curry scored on a lay-up, then hit his only three-pointer of the night (after missing his first nine), followed by another three-pointer from Durant to put Golden State up 106-100 with 49 seconds remaining. He has not played since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Houston, and the Warriors have gone 4-2 since he got hurt.

Thompson was't much better, posting 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. ABC announcer Mark Jackson called it the type of play fans would talk about for years. Klay Thompson played in his NBA-high 390th game over the last four seasons.

Smith, the three-time National Basketball Association champ will meet with the Golden State Warriors this summer.

The Warriors and Cavs will square off Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at 9 p.m. ET, and if Games 1 and 2 tells us anything, there is nearly assuredly going to be more drama unfold in some form or fashion.

The year before, trailing 0-2, the Cavaliers hammered the Warriors by 30 in Game 3 and eventually won the series for their first championship.

So, pray tell, how exactly do the Cavaliers try to limit a team that has one of the most-potent offenses in recent league history?

James posted a triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while Kevin Love had a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Iguodala's return figures to be another big boost for the Warriors, who lead the Cavaliers 2-0 in this series and now get the 2015 NBA Finals MVP back into their rotation.

Good news for the Cavaliers: They finally got a free throw attempt, after LeBron James' basket early in the second half.

There was nothing James or the Cavs could do but think about what might have been after losing two games that were within their reach. The veteran swingman has missed six games since then. Hood, meanwhile, made the most of his release from the bench, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds in 26 minutes.

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