Perfect shot: Durant's late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead

Overcoming toughest challenge, Warriors one win from perfection

They moved to the brink of that with a 118-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. After a missed corner three from Kyle Korver on a kick-out pass from James, Durant smoothly came down and buried the dagger to give the Warriors their first lead all fourth quarter. The 7-footer finished 10 of 18 from the field with 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Showing off his ability to spin in shots high off the backboard, Irving scored 16 in the third quarter and the Cavs held the Warriors to 22 points in their lowest scoring output in any quarter in this postseason. Thompson hit four treys in the opening period to help the Warriors finish with a finals-record nine for the period.

Things looked good for the Cavs when they put up a 33-point third quarter and carried their momentum into the fourth.

One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks off the court after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

A close game throughout, Cleveland took control for most of the second half behind some inspired play by their Big 3. The only question ahead of Friday night's Game 4 is whether or not they'll be the first team ever to be ideal in the playoffs.

"I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mindset that they were going to have".

The Warriors, who are on an National Basketball Association record 15-0 playoff win streak, could dethrone LeBron James and his teammates and become the first champions in league history to make an undefeated run through the playoffs. "And now that you can look ahead to Friday, all our focus is on that", Curry said. Has that been a goal for this Golden State team, who won 73 games last season but didn't win a championship?

After watching the Warriors go undefeated through 15 postseason games, it might be hard to find any Game 4 prediction that has the Cavaliers extending the series.




"We learned from our mistakes", Green said.

"We want 16 wins".

"Came down to the stretch, and they made some big time plays", Irving said.

Draymond Green's mom got into it with a group of fans in Cleveland during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, and her son says the Cavs faithful are "just rude".

Kevin Durant was the biggest prize of last year's offseason and on Wednesday he showed why the Warriors were so keen to get him, draining the shot of his career to put Golden State on the cusp of an unprecedented ideal postseason. They are 30-1 over their last 31 games including the playoffs.

Perhaps most frustrating for the Cavaliers, who host Game Four on Friday, is that after two lopsided losses to open the series they returned home and played their most complete game of the Finals only to blow six-point lead in the closing minutes.

"I've been working on that shot my whole life, and for that one to go in, that's liberating", the forward told ESPN's Doris Goodwin after the game. James insisted at the outset of this series that Durant was the difference from a year ago to this, and the former MVP, who left Oklahoma City to join the Splash Brothers last summer, was the difference again Wednesday night.

"I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could", James said. Stephen Curry grabbed 12 boards to go with 26 points and stabilized the Warriors in scary moment.

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