Flawless shot: Durant's late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead

Video: Kevin Durant toys with Cavs defenders as Golden State go 3-0 up

The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, who signed with Golden State last summer to win a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn't be stopped. So with Shump on him, with R.J. on him, just try to give him different looks. Brian Windhorst of ESPN quoted Cleveland's superstar as he explained the outcome of Game 2.

The Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 118-113 victory on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers held their own throughout the first and second quarters. "And just we obviously — we want 16 wins; it doesn't matter how we get there".

Going into Game 4, the opposing teams and players will continue chasing history. Not team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue decided not to change his starting lineup for Game 3, sticking with the slumping Smith at shooting guard. "Every mistake you make defensively, they make you pay, and you saw that tonight", Cleveland's head coach added.

Thompson's line: 30 points (11-of-18, 6-of-11, 2-of-2 from the line), six rebounds and two assists. James went on to lead both teams in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals) and the Cavs won the Finals in seven games.

Things looked good for the Cavs when they put up a 33-point third quarter and carried their momentum into the fourth.


That roster would give these Warriors a chance against any great team from the past — and gives most of their opponents no chance against them. He played 41 minute and finished with a plus/minus of 0.

"No, only missed shots". "I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could".

"I never been in this position before", said Durant, long accused of not being able to win the big game. "We've got one more to go".

The Cavs, though, couldn't get far enough ahead to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping away before Durant's defining 3 - the shot that makes dreams come true.

But Golden State with Durant is on another level than the teams Cleveland roughed up in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs just couldn't hold them down long enough. James shook it off, got up and slowly walked to the bench, and moments later drove for a layup. He delivered another performance that reminded everyone he remains the NBA's best player.

The NBA's best postseason run is the 15-1 mark of the 2001 Lakers, while the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers went 12-1.

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