If Durant plays like he did last night-43 points, 13 points, seven assists, 65 percent shooting-the Cavaliers probably won't even manage the gentleman's sweep, despite how well LeBron James has been playing.
While it aroused a tremendous roar from the sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, the monster backboard-bank shot slam dunk wasn't enough for the Cavaliers to overcome defending champion Golden State.
Trailing 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the second straight year, LeBron James said Golden State's team construction makes it possible for two-time MVP Stephen Curry to have a awful shooting night like he did Wednesday and still come away with a result like their 110-102 Game 3 win.
The Golden State Warriors cleared Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of the title series against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, following a six-game absence to deal with a bone bruise around his left knee.
Golden State made up the deficit and then some to begin the third quarter.More news: Israel to file Federation Internationale de Football Association protest against Palestinians over Argentina game
James can be a free agent, and there's a real sense around the National Basketball Association that this summer - just like in 2010, when he left for Miami - could be packing up and leaving his native northeast OH once again. Curry was 3-for-16 and Thompson was 4-for-11, but Durant was so good it didn't matter.
"We come back from 3-1 and we beat them. So I was definitely excited", said the 29-year-old Durant. Just a different vibe around the team, around just - everything's just different.
Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year. "They're going to make runs".
"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?" The Cavaliers told reporters they wanted to do right by Wade as they rebuilt the roster with younger players.
"Kevin was the story in the first half, just keeping us in it", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.More news: US & China share heated exchange at Shangri-La Dialogue
With the Warriors "Splash Brothers" backcourt in major struggle mode, Durant put up one of the best postseason performances of his career - and in recent NBA Finals.
A Game 3 win for the Cavaliers last night was paramount to them having any possibility of winning the series, a probability that was already dire after Game 2.
"I thought we did some things that we need to correct if we want to win the next game".
"It would have been a lot more satisfying if we won", Hood said.More news: I have right to pardon myself, declares Donald Trump