Durant leads Warriors' rally past Cavaliers

Solenn Plantier
Juin 11, 2017

Had Cleveland won tonight, there would have been some remaining hope that the finals could really turn into a series.

"I think the whole thing was how fun it would be, because of the style of play, because of the individual talents", Kerr said.

The Warriors are one win away, and they've turned the entire postseason into a formality, a coronation of their dominance all season.

The Golden State Warriors are poised to make history Friday as the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated in the playoffs, and they will because they just have too much fire power.

"I don't want to relax". Force them into outside shots, if you can.

It had been so very long since the Warriors had faced any real drama. In the final moments, James passed up a shot, instead finding Kyle Korver, who missed a three-pointer. Their combined 77 points was the most by a duo in a loss in Finals history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Durant helps a lot but the Warriors unselfish atmosphere that allowed Curry, Thompson and Green to thrive together also accepted the arrival of one the game's top three players.

That's the only sanctuary left for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the defending champs whose playoff slogan - "Defend the Land" - was no match for the reality of these NBA Finals. Coach Tyronn Lue didn't address his team in the postgame locker room. There were multiple times during the course of the game that it appeared Cleveland would end up the victor.

Cavs fans couldn't have asked for more than they got from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night.

A close game throughout, Cleveland took control for most of the second half behind some inspired play by their Big 3.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net and I made sure my feet were behind the 3-point line". The title may have allowed the team to unseat the 95-96 as the greatest team ever. "We just want 16 wins, it doesn't matter how we get there, but now we're in this situation, why not take care of business?" Seven of those points came from Durant, including this triple with 45 seconds to play to give Golden State the lead for good.

But Cleveland emerged from halftime energized.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who has had an underwhelming Finals so far, then took over in the third quarter. Force them into outside shots, if you can.

And maybe fatigue played a part in the Warriors' rally, though James didn't think so even after playing 46 minutes.

The report made no reference to James' accidental kick to Iguodala's groin area, which came on the same play between the two referenced in the L2M.

"One could only feel for the 6'8" Cavs superstar, who nearly single-handedly put his team into a winning position in Cleveland's quest to "defend the land". "And he made it".

Now, with Durant added to the Warriors' already-impressive arsenal, Cleveland's fate looks bleaker than ever.

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