November 19 2017

Nobody's flawless - Cavaliers thump Warriors to avoid sweep

November 19 2017, 12:56 | Frederick Owens

Kevin Durant scored crucial 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Golden State to 11 straight points

Kevin Durant scored crucial 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Golden State to 11 straight points

"All told, sweeping the series in Cleveland and not returning twice to the Bay Area, as the Warriors did previous year for Games 5 and 7, would cost the Warriors' ownership group more than $22 million".

Now Game 4 is setting up to be a coronation for the greatest team in National Basketball Association postseason history.

With that being said, the offseason will be upon us shortly.

Durant added eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and a blocked shot over 41 minutes of action. "He's been an fantastic player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his time, his moment".

James, who passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list with his first basket, sank a layup to give the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the finals to that point at 48-31.

Cavs fans couldn't have asked for more than they got from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant has played with goal throughout the series.

"And they're playing like one of the best teams once again, and obviously this team is built to be able to do that with the talent that they have".

"And so that's a battle I'm trying to go through more so than worrying about how I'm playing, how great I'm playing".

"I feel like if we come in with the same energy, same effort and physicality as we did in Game 3, we will give ourselves a good chance to win", LeBron James said on Thursday.

Then after Kyle Korver missed a 3-pointer, Durant calmly came up the floor staring down James, the greatest player in the National Basketball Association, and pulled up without hesitation.

Kevin Durant capped off the comeback when he nailed a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining on the game clock.

Cleveland needed everybody at the top of their game Wednesday night and for everything to go their way to win Game 3, and it did - for 44 minutes and 51 seconds.

The Warriors never panicked the way they seemed to in Game 7 past year. "It's not in terms of like 16-0 really just of what that means historically, it's just that's what's in front of us". "So we won't be exhausted because we got adrenaline on our side and we got to act like this is a do-or-die situation", Thompson said.Kevin Durant has been nothing short of remarkable in this year's NBA Finals.

Durant, still one win from the coveted championship he left Oklahoma City to get, scored 35 but got little help from Stephen Curry, who scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting.

"They're definitely a different team than they were past year that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

Love, James, Irving combined for only one less point in the first half than the entire Warriors squad.

"We witnessed a closing game by Kevin Durant that you can't prepare for", he said.

At the end of that marathon quarter, the Cavaliers had out-scored the Warriors 29-28, the Warriors had out-technical-ed Cleveland 3-2, and it was 115-96 Cleveland heading into the fourth.

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