Golden State's stunning 118-113 comeback win over the Cavs, in which Cleveland was blanked 11-0 in the final 2 minutes, was the Warriors' first Game 3 Finals win in three tries, and keeps all of the brooms in play.
The Warriors lead the best-of-7 NBA Finals 2017 series 2-0 after winning 132-113 in Game 2 on Sunday. After a missed corner three from Kyle Korver on a kick-out pass from James, Durant smoothly came down and buried the dagger to give the Warriors their first lead all fourth quarter.
James' Cavalier teammates Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving haven't all played well on the same night in the Finals yet, but they are too good and have too much pride to get swept in four straight games. Kevin Love is averaging 21 points.
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Along with the question of, 'Is this the greatest National Basketball Association team ever, ' came to the two related questions of 'Is Golden State's Kevin Durant the best player in the world right now?' followed by 'Is the duo of Durant and Stephen Curry the best player tandem on one team ever?'
"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green told ESPN.
As for his own future, James, who is averaging 32 points, 12.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists in the Finals, said he hasn't decided how much longer he'll play. He had 21 points in the first 15 minutes. Golden State, a Finals dubbed "The Three-Match" has been a mismatch.
Kevin Durant came to the Warriors for moments like these.
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Cleveland led for most of the second half and looked ready to hand the Warriors their first loss of the playoffs but Durant picked his team up off the floor and delivered the victory with 14 fourth-quarter points.
"You don't want to prolong a series and give a team more and more confidence", Green said. "As an athlete, one of the best feelings is going into an opponent's and enemy territory and just silencing their crowd".
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn't be stopped.
"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", said Durant who is playing his first season with Golden State. But despite the chilly weather, Clevelanders were fired up to see if the Cavs can climb back into the series after losing Games 1 and 2 on the road to Golden State by a combined 41 points. In the final quarter it was all going to win, "Cavaliers", which three minutes before the end of normal time the game had a margin of six points.
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"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", said James. "I've played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower". He's just 1 of 6 from the field, and for some unusual reason, one of the game's most confident shooters has been hesitant to let his jumper fly.
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