November 19 2017

Warriors on brink of NBA Finals history after thrilling Game 3 win

November 19 2017, 06:55 | Sammy Rose

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

Durant exceeding Warriors expectations in NBA Finals

He would have been thrilled by Durant, who was Golden State's biggest prize in the off-season, and the forward showed exactly why the Warriors were so keen to get him.

The previous record for a quarter was 47, set in 1984, by the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics in the third.

As the clock ticked under a minute, Warriors small forward Kevin Durant secured a defensive rebound and dribbled the ball over to the left wing, where he pulled up and knocked down a 26-foot three-pointer, which gave Golden State a 114-113 lead over the Cavaliers. The addition of Kevin Durant has no doubt helped them turn the tables on the Cavs this year, but Curry has also returned to his MVP best and been instrumental in Golden State's astonishing run.

And beyond their firepower, the Cavs did it on defense, holding the up-and-down Warriors without a single fast-break point. They don't want the Warriors celebrating on their home court for the second time in three years - although they partied last year on the Warriors' floor.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points while Klay Thompson added 30 and Stephen Curry contributed 28 as the Warriors rallied Wednesday to beat the Cavaliers 118-113 and seize a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven championship showdown.

Oh, by the way, the Warriors trailed the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in last year's Western Conference finals but prevailed.

"I don't think that our careers are the same as far as changing teams", He said.

"You also understand the energy level that it takes in order to make that type of shot and what it demands out of your body", Irving said. "That was just very disappointing". (One win) is a step in the right direction. I don't care. I mean, I think it's great. It's not about one or the other, it's about both of them.

Durant took time to adjust to his new teammates and duties but bounced back from a late-season injury smoothly back into his role. "You would walk into that locker room and say, 'Well, you guys have been in this position so I wouldn't expect you to be complacent.' Correct?"

"Draymond got a tech, he gathered, got it back together, we moved on". He's a great dude.

"But it worked. So I'm all right with that". I just know it was probably too many. The former MVP has taken over every game of the series so far, and put the Warriors in a very comfortable position with an nearly insurmountable 3-0 series lead. The only hope is better play from their reserves - when LeBron goes to the bench Cleveland had to be able to hang close.

"So we'll see what happens. We kinda gonna need you for these Finals.' And he stepped up big and made plays for us". "And they're playing like one of the best teams once again". But I can definitely appreciate the simple fact of him either reshaping his game or just sacrificing maybe some shots here, sacrificing having the ball in his hands all the time.

"He has taken it to another level in just trying to challenge himself".

"I would do the same exact thing".

"If I could have the play over again, I would come off a three screen situation".

"You saw the gold rush for Steph". I mean, guys are loving the game, our fans love the game. "People can talk about it in historical context, but you just get it done, win the series and let everybody else talk".

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