LeBron James posted the 10th Finals triple-double of his career but it was not enough as Durant - who nailed a devastating 33-foot three-pointer with 49.8 seconds remaining to ultimately end the Cavaliers' hopes - gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 series lead in Cleveland.
Just when it seemed as if the Cavaliers might win their first game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant hit a 3-point dagger from the wing for the second year in a row, prompting Warriors teammate Draymond Green to roar and silencing a deafening crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. "And he was standing over my leg and I don't understand what people want me to do".
The Golden State Warriors can win their third championship in the last four years with a victory here.
"It's definitely a tough loss", said Cavaliers star LeBron James.
"We gave ourselves a chance. But we've got to come out and got to play 48 minutes".
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CLEVELAND - Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala scored eight points and recorded a key thundering dunk down the stretch Wednesday night in his winning NBA Finals debut in Game 3 after missing six games with a bone bruise around his left knee.
"Don't get me wrong, every time I make a shot in the National Basketball Association, I get excited", he said.
The Warriors, a 73-win defending champ that had a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Finals, added the second-best player in the world in free agency two summers ago, and their opponents' margin for error went from slim to, well, not quite none, but pretty darn close.
"It was like deja vu seeing that shot again", Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said. Before sustaining the injury, he had started in 12 of 13 games this postseason, averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Before the game, Cavs coached Tyronn Lue was asked to explain the home-road discrepancy. Obviously, things haven't gone great in Cleveland over the past year or so, but OH is James' home state and he was skewered the last time he left town.
"Incredible, even by his standards", Love said. For the team, another title would solidify them as one of the greatest teams in National Basketball Association history, and for superstars like Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, another ring will boost their already stellar all-time resumes and push them closer to the top of the mountain.
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"His overall game was ridiculous - the passing, the rebounding, the scoring", Kerr said. "That's just who they are at that point. We just try to do whatever it takes to get the W. Run the right plays", he reflected.
"It really didn't bother me too much", Iguodala said. "But I'll be in the lineup on Friday".
"We got stagnant", Love said. "And Kevin was the story in the second half, closing it out".
Game three of the National Basketball Association finals will take place tonight between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Curry, who was fantastic in Games 1 and 2 of the series, missed his first nine three-point attempts in Game 3 as the Cavaliers clamped down on defense.
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