Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a bold 3-pointer from way behind the arc, as the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 110-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time). James finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, playing 47 minutes.
While the Warriors enjoyed a great party in Oakland, California, after winning the title in five games past year, Durant does not want to play with fire. That leads to questions about whether LeBron will use his player option to leave Cleveland this summer. But like I said, to hold Steph to 11 and Klay to 10, we did a good job in that regard. Everybody has that mindset. Now, down three games to none in the championship round, his dream of winning more than one ring with the Cavaliers is all but over. It was undoubtedly one of the greatest performances in Finals history, one in which Durant put his team on his back. However, no one scored more than the 11 points Curry had. Durant, shooting like Curry, nailed a record four 3-pointers from 30-plus feet.
In agreeing to the deal, which USA Today says is worth between $51-$53 million in total, Durant proves that short-term losses can sometimes set you up for long-term gain.
Thompson yelled, "Déjà vu!" while heading to the locker room after the win.
As Curry and Thompson struggled with their three-point shooting early, Durant was unstoppable, using his long arms to shoot over the Cavs' defenders, nearly single-handedly keeping Golden State in the game at half-time when they trailed just 58-52.
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Thiem called their upcoming quarterfinal "the matchup most fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw". At 2-2 within the fourth, Zverev saved two break factors after which broke for 4-2 after Khachanov led 40-15 on serve.
Kendrick Perkins hasn't played one second of the NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he wants the Golden State Warriors - and especially Stephen Curry - to "pick another battle" after a Game 2 incident.
But throughout the Finals, the production has certainly been lacking from the majority of the Cleveland players outside of James and Love.
Despite the magnitude of his 3-pointer, Durant acted like he had been there before, bypassing a celebration for a stone face. The Cavaliers had the hottest first quarter in Finals history a year ago, scoring a record 49 points.
Game 1 of this series will be remembered by how Cleveland let it get away; the botched rebound by Smith to be forever played as one of those quintessential wish-you-had-it-back moments. The Cavaliers had been 8-1 at home in the playoffs with eight wins in a row since losing their first-round opener to Indiana.
Golden State will get their first chance to close out the series on Friday in Cleveland.
Consider the how-to-beat-the Warriors checklist, and how many items on that list could reasonably be marked off in Game 3.
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