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June 29 2017, 12:14 | Sammy Rose
After the teams won a finals apiece over the last two years, the Warriors are primed to win the trilogy.
"Steph is one of the best players in the world, one of the best players ever", Durant said.
It was a career defining sequence that will live on in Warriors' lore. But he knew he was taking that shot the whole way. "That was huge. He wanted that moment".
"It was just ideal timing at the right moment", Iguodala said. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar remains the face of the National Basketball Association and is its best player even as his 14th season in the league comes to a close. Four of the other Golden State victories have been beatdowns.
He remembered all the pertinent details of the Warriors' run when he was on the bench - the score, the approximate time on the clock. It is Kevin Durant who had just made the thre-pointer that changed the night for the Warriors. It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career. The Warriors had a hard time guarding the Cavaliers half court pick-and-roll offense in the third quarter. It's sports. You have an opportunity to sign one of the best players, and you can do it, go ahead and do it. LeBron did a lot; he finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Ideal as it hitting every open shot.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, who signed with Golden State last summer to win a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. The 15.6 number was reached from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m ET according to ESPN. The talent gap between the two teams is that great. Durant has two-time league MVP Stephen Curry.
It was a stunning display of offensive pyrotechnics that dovetailed with the Cavaliers' late-game collapse, a disheartening result that nearly felt unfair, unjust and undeserved. And they're playing like one of the best teams once again.
In Game 3, Green aroused some concern when he began complaining about a foul call to a referee and Curry did the same. Thompson was scorching with 16 points, while James countered with 16 for the Cavs.
Thompson and Curry sank back-to-back 3-pointers late in the second quarter to boost the Warriors lead, but Irving's inside bank shot pulled Cleveland within 67-61 at halftime.
"We just kept telling the guys, they're going to get exhausted", said head coach Steve Kerr after the game. But James has always been ready to find open teammates rather than force shots himself. Add the fact that the 1987 Lakers had great role players such as Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, A.C. Green, Kurt Rambis and Klay's father, Mychal.
Houston Rockets: Next season, every time you see Houston fly down the court and fire up a barrage of three-pointers and think, You know what, they could maybe hang with the Warriors, I want you to sit down in front of the TV, close the blinds, and rewatch Game 6 of the Rockets' second-round series against the Spurs. But in the second half the Cavs seemed to revert to the slowed-down, ball-control offense they utilized to great success in The 2016 Finals, and the Cavs won the third quarter 33-22. For me, when I left here to go to Miami, we had to build something. Should the Warriors stay healthy and together - and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes - they should be a title threat every year.
As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State's grip on the series, Cleveland's last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line.
Barring a collapse of epic proportions, Durant will finally become an National Basketball Association champion in the coming days and likely be named Finals MVP, less than a year after ripping out the hearts of Oklahoma City fans by leaving the Thunder.
"You win a championship, then you lose one in heartbreaking fashion, you've pretty much seen everything at that point", explained Kerr. He averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and four assists per game that series. Now, a fourth one seems almost as distant with the scary-good Warriors just getting started. About to go up 3-0 in the NBA Finals, in what we thought was going to be Ali-Frazier III, but has started to look, in all ways, like a fourth-round knockout.
They are one win away, of course. "But now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job". "People can talk about it in historical context, but you just get it done, win the series and let everybody else talk". Game 3 drew a 35.3 rating in Cleveland and a 32.7 in the San Francisco/Oakland media markets.