Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years.
Smith had 13 points and four rebounds in Game 3, but the Warriors' Kevin Durant overpowered the Cavs and nailed a clutch three in the final seconds of the game. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".
"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in The Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost as well".
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Kevin Durant scored 26 and Klay Thompson , gimpy ankle and all, scored 20. "His energy just kind of helps us get into our pace". I think the only dynasty is the Spurs. 11-for-11 - Trying to stop four future Hall of Famers at one time is tough.
Durant especially, a player likely to crack the mythical 30,000 points mark, has plenty to gain in all-time discussions should the Warriors win, so history has often been a topic of conversation for Durant.
Durant's 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting led the way.
As in, it's the only game the Cavaliers have won a couple of times.
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Blagojevich was convicted for corruption for a number of actions, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate campaign in the names of others. "He was treated very unfairly by our government".
At the urging of head coach Tyronn Lue, the underdog Eastern Conference champs came out with toughness, physicality and energy, matching the electric crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena. JaVale McGee scored on a series of lay-ups, Curry started to find his shot and Durant kept pouring in bucket after bucket. He played 22 minutes but also looked gimpy after taking a hit to his other knee and is being listed as day-to-day for Game 4. Curry's backcourt partner Klay Thompson was just as chilly.
In the end it didn't matter where Stephen Curry may have disappeared to for a few minutes at the end of the third quarter, as the Warriors once again pulled away late, building a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Curry spent most of the half in foul trouble but shot just 1-of-8 from the field and Thompson went just 2-of-7. After unifying last season, they ran to a 16-1 playoff mark, losing only to Cleveland in the 4th game before winning the crown, Durant's first National Basketball Association title, in 5 games.
"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league". They lost the rebounding battle 47-37, but dished out 27 assists and just 10 turnovers compared to Cleveland's 20 assists and 13 turnovers. But not just us two.
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Good news for the Cavaliers: They finally got a free throw attempt, after LeBron James' basket early in the second half. Then we forced two other juggernauts in Klay and Steph into some very tough shots, and both guys didn't have the greatest games. Cleveland is expected to put Rodney Hood back into the rotation despite his postseason 15 percent shooting from downtown.