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Kevin Durant Was Built For This All Along

Kevin Durant Was Built For This All Along

Despite Durant's other-worldly play, some fans are still upset that he left an OKC team that was up 3-1 on the Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Finals a year ago.

Fast forward to the inevitable Finals rematch 11 months later, and Durant looks a hell of a lot like a hero.

The Warriors made a fourth quarter comeback to beat the Cavs. "I played against some great teams but I don't think no team has had this kind of firepower". Had Lue started this series with the right approach, maybe we'd have a competitive Finals on our hands. "You can tell, he knows this is his moment". "I've been working on that shot my whole life". I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted. For most of the group, this will be their second title, a slice of redemption after last season's fabled 3-1 chokejob.

Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, who will get a chance on Friday in Cleveland to become the first team to go unbeaten all the way to a title.

"We had a game that we had won that we let slip away", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.




Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) walks away during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. "He's been an fantastic player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his moment, his team". Now Cleveland, which previous year became the first team to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit, faces historically long odds again.

LeBron James finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get exhausted. Irving didn't let that happen, scoring 16 in the third, and the Cavaliers held the Warriors to 22 points in their lowest scoring output in any quarter in this postseason. "So even when you're playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays". Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who went scoreless over the game's final 3:09. For the first time all series, Cleveland took a lead after the opening quarter.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points, and James rested only two minutes the entire game.

It was hardly the biggest change for the Cleveland Cavaliers after absorbing two lopsided losses in the 2017 NBA Finals on the West Coast.

"No, only missed shots".


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