Kevin Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Solenn Plantier
Juin 8, 2017

Playing in his first NBA Finals, the Cavaliers' sharpshooter has struggled with his shot through the first two games, going 2 of 7 from the field - 1 of 6 3-pointers. "I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible", James admitted. Quicken Loans Arena was popping. So they won two games.

And Golden State is hungry - for revenge, in the case of those who suffered last year's ultimate embarrassment, for the chance to make history as the first team to go 16-0 in the playoffs, and for that first taste of championship glory for guys like Durant, David West, and JaVale McGee. So instead of walking off winners and feeling like the NBA Finals was finally a competitive series, the defending NBA champions sulked off the court shell shocked, 118-113 losers, and now will have to play their hearts out just to prevent the Warriors from celebrating an NBA championship on their home floor Friday. "But we gave a great effort, and the result just didn't turn out the way we wanted to".

Game 4 likely will be all that's left of the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 33 points while Stephen Curry unleashed his first NBA Finals triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to power Golden State, who set a play-off win streak record of 14 games, to victory. "Like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again". We've got to stay locked in. He too often deferred to teammates who hoisted bad shots or even crappier threes. Durant knocked down two quick 3-pointers early and finished 4 of 7 from 3-point range. For the second straight game, the Cavs shot 27 percent from three.

Cleveland's Kyle Korver doesn't mind long shots.

"I gave everything I had tonight".

"It's a dramatic situation to be in", James said.

"The moment never overwhelms any of us, especially K", Curry said.

Their leader and reigning NBA Coach of the Year back on the bench at last, Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship.

Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win. Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant's arrival and is healthy in these NBA Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.

"They played a really good game as well, but they made shots down the stretch". "Being down 0-2, going back home, we have to take care of business". "We just play smart, aggressive and with joy".

"We kept telling the guys, they're going to get exhausted", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

When approached about its existence, James and Durant, to a moderate extent, confirmed that there is such a track before bursting out into laughter without further comment.

"You go against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it's definitely draining".

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