Durant shoots down Cavs with long 3 - again

08 June, 2018, 10:47 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Kevin Durant scored 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer for emphasis in the final minute, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep and their third title in four years.

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.

James has done almost everything for the Cavs, averaging 40 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists through the first two Finals games.

Game 4 is set for Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Durant, the 2017 Finals MVP, faced criticism during the Western Conference Finals for his preference to shoot rather than pass.

On nights like Wednesday, when Curry was mostly awful, Durant can play the one-on-one style that not long ago had some analysts briefly questioning his future in Golden State. In his career, Durant had never made more than one shot from 30 feet out in a game over the 896 career games he'd played in his regular season and postseason combined coming into Wednesday, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

But the Warriors fought back into it, with Durant hitting a variety of impossible-to-defend jumpers, and it was a one-point game with six minutes to go. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him could have made those shots".

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"That was wonderful what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant. Durant was the only Warrior to eclipse 11 points, as point guard Steph Curry shot 3 of 16 from the field and shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 10 just points. "They rise to the occasion, and that's what Golden State has done the last four years".

It was James and the Cavaliers' sixth loss in their past seven Finals games against the Warriors, including last season's 4-1 series spanking. "Bitch ass." Perkins, who was teammates with Durant during their days with the OKC Thunder, has not suited up at all during the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers rolled the dice and put Rodney Hood into the series, and got 15 points from him.

Golden State made up the deficit and then some to begin the third quarter. So, I can't - I don't really know.

"For me, tonight will be tough", James said.

"The shot clock was running down and I was pretty far out", Durant said of his game-winning shot on ABC in a postgame interview with Doris Burke.

"We have a lot of talent as well".

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