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Durant's big 3-pointer lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Durant's big 3-pointer lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

The Warriors turnover problems from Game 2 carried over to Wednesday night, when they had 18, which helped the Cavaliers stay in the game.

A year after winning 73 games to set the NBA's regular-season record, the Warriors can make more history if they sweep the Cavs to complete the league's first undefeated postseason. Durant climbed high for the defensive rebound and then, six seconds later, made maybe the biggest shot of his storied career.

James' first points of the second half came on a three-point play with 4:14 left in the third as the Cavs took an 83-82 advantage. "You can tell, he knows this is his moment". I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower.

Despite an impressive effort from the Cavs in general and the duo of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James in particular, they find themselves down 3-0 in this Finals following a 118-113 Warriors win.

The Cavaliers are staring at a dire sporting situation: No team in any round of the playoffs has come back from a 3-0 deficit.

Still, Durant isn't looking too far ahead.

"We have to take care of home court", Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said. "I've never been in this position before, I don't want to relax. It's not over. This was a insane game, anything can happen".

They will again have to rewrite the record books if they can recover this position, but with the Warriors seeking revenge for a year ago that will be some ask.

Point guard Kyrie Irving and small forward LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers, as they totaled 38 and 39 points, respectively.




After a huge shot cut the lead to two points, Durant then had his defining moment.

"I think a lot of them can relate to the fact that he grew up in the same environment as them and that gives them a sense of hope and when they combine that hope with the energy that it takes to be successful, and when they have mentors around them to foster their development, these kids are destined for success", said Warner. To see that go in, that was liberating, man. "So we won't be exhausted because we got adrenaline on our side and we got to act like this is a do-or-die situation", Thompson said. "And we're not going to change just pause we're playing Golden State". The four-time National Basketball Association scoring champion has opened the entire floor for Curry, who shredded the Cavs for 28 points in Game 1 and 32 in Game 2. Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant's arrival and is healthy in these Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.

What often goes untold in discussions of 2012 is that Durant was incredible in that series.

On Wednesday, with Cleveland down 2-0 for the second straight year, they Cavs again got everything from the two players driving their team forward.

Of course, the guys and gals from Oakland and L.A. and the rest of California don't mind because they've got to go back home anyway but us Easterners would always rather that a series end closer to home. The Cavaliers are led by LeBron James, who averaged 26.4 ppg.

With less than two minutes left, the Warriors trailed by four and their ideal playoffs were in peril.

"[I was] trying to make him get off the three-point line and make him finish over the top of me either at the rim or mid-range", Thompson said after the game.

In addition to the obvious hole in Durant's résumé, the lack of a championship ring, he had yet to so much as win an NBA Finals road game.


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