Friday, 17 August, 2018

NBA Finals Highlights: Kevin Durant, Warriors Beat Cavs In Game 3

LeBron James: Winner of NBA finals won’t be going to the White House Regardless of Who Wins, LeBron James Declares Cavs and Warriors Won't Visit the White House
Eugene Bates | 08 June, 2018, 10:44

Kevin Durant dominated in the Golden State Warriors' 110-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points and punctuating the win with a 3-pointer with 49.8 seconds remaining.

But there was a silver lining for those fans after Golden State took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers were already in trouble after dropping the first two games of the NBA Finals in Oakland.

Cleveland held an early 10-point lead in Game 3, partly thanks to LeBron James' thunderous alley-oop to himself.

It might not have been a carbon copy of the 2017 shot, but it could have similar effects; Durant is now one win away from a second straight title and possibly his second straight Finals MVP.

Iguodala had averaged 11.4 points in his 18 previous Finals games - including a 20-point showing for Golden State in last year's title clincher against Cleveland.

Which brings us to another trained eye, that of Durant, who points out Green's intangible value.

"Kevin was the story in the first half, just keeping us in it", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"Steph is struggling, Klay is struggling, if you've got to have a "Mr October" then he's "Mr June" now because this guy has been the best player in June the last two years". James had 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in the loss, a performance he likely won't be able to replicate again.

One of the themes of these NBA Finals has been that LeBron James hasn't gotten enough help from his teammates. Because Durant went insane, scoring 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting, and Golden State kept getting to the free throw line.

The shot gave the Warriors a six-point lead and capped off an unbelievable night for the superstar. So, I can't - I don't really know. "Two guys that I think are a head above everybody else that's ever played the game".

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player pump faked Golden State forward JaVale McGee and tossed the ball off the backboard from the free throw line. "Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry". Previous year we were up 2, and he pulled up pretty much right at the three-point line and got a great contest, but he made it.

"It's a different game, different season", Durant said.

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