Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a long clinching 3-pointer, Stephen Curry ended a nightmarish night with five straight to give Golden State the lead for good, and the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 110-102 victory over Cleveland.
Golden State won Game 3 at The Q last year en route to a 4-1 series win and their second title in three years. Yes, his Finals record would look ugly at 3-6 but if you dig deep into that you see that most of the time his team was the underdog so the odds were stacked against him. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". The Cavs would probably want to move Tristan Thompson as well, but Powell would be best as an energy guy off the bench. "I want to be part of leading that charge and play an unbelievable game to really take control of the series". He outscored the rest of the starting lineup (17 points combined) by himself to keep the Warriors in it. There was an awkward moment at the start of Lue's pregame news conference when he was asked by a foreign reporter who he expected to be the key player in Game 3.
The Warriors have a 3-0 lead for the second straight year.
He can only hope the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena will be the safe haven it's been for the Cavs throughout this postseason. Durant scored 10 points in the third quarter. Curry's backcourt partner Klay Thompson was just as chilly.
But with their usual third quarter run, the Warriors outscored the Cavs 31-23 and clawed their way back from an early 13-point deficit to take a two point lead into the fourth. Many people have been saying that another NBA Finals loss will hurt the legacy of Lebron and he may not be able to surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time in the NBA.
"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league".
James, who is averaging 40 points, 10.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds in two games, abstains from social media during the postseason.
James recorded his 10th triple-double of the playoffs and it didn't matter.
James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually - camouflage trousers, purple hoodie, "Billionaire Boys Club" baseball cap - than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason. I got us winning the series, that's my prediction...
And then with two-and-half minutes to go in the game, he finally broke through.
He finished with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting in 26 minutes.