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Nylon Calculus: Kevin Durant makes the impossible look easy

10 June 2018

For the second straight Finals, Kevin Durant put forth an unbelievable performance in Game 3 on the road in Cleveland to lift the Warriors to a win and give them a stranglehold on the series.

Trailing 0-2 from the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Cavs returned home hoping to claw their way back into the series.

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While meeting with reporters on Thursday, LeBron was asked if he knew years ago that he would end up doing battle with Kevin Durant in important games all throughout his career.

LeBron James posted another triple-double -- his fourth this postseason -- with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

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Durant is averging 29.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists during the playoffs. By Game Score, it was the sixth-best individual Finals performance going back to 1983-84. He's also scored * a href="http://stats.nba.com/player/201142/matchups/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Playoffs&CF=TEAM_ABBR*E*cle&PerMode=Totals&sort=POSS&dir=1" *29 points on the 47 possessions where he's been defended by George Hill, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson or Larry Nance Jr. - a per 100 possessions scoring average more than twice as large as his regular-season mark.

Durant has once again been at his best on the biggest stage and he has the Warriors just one win away from their second consecutive title. "He'a an assassin.His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed". Draymond Green is just 2-of-9 on 3-pointers and David West is the only other Warriors with a made 3-point basket besides Durant, Green, Thompson and Curry.

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Getting to this point hasn't been almost as easy as the 3-0 lead would make it appear, and that's mostly because Kevin Durant is making all the hard shots look easy.

Nylon Calculus: Kevin Durant makes the impossible look easy