Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Durant's heroics power Warriors to brink of National Basketball Association crown

Durant's heroics power Warriors to brink of National Basketball Association crown

It's not like Curry's game 3 performance even severely derailed his total NBA Finals stats.

He reached a mindboggling 0 for 9 Wednesday before finally making one from deep against the Cavs-just three days after knocking down a finals-record nine from beyond the arc.

Curry had 11 points while McGee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Jordan Ball all had 10.

The stage was certainly set for the Cavaliers to record their first win of the NBA Finals with so numerous Warriors playmakers having off nights.

They just couldn't stop Kevin Durant.

Some Warriors believe it was a risky play by Perkins and told ESPN that was the reason the 6-foot-3 guard confronted the 6-foot-10 center, resulting in the two standing face-to-face and exchanging words in front of the Cavaliers bench before being separated.

Durant's last basket was eerily like a 3-pointer he made late in game three a year ago against the Cavs that clinched a Golden State victory.

Once again, it was close enough for either team to come out strong in the third quarter and take over-which Golden State did. "It was handsome", said Warriors forward JaVale McGee. When it ended, the Warriors held a two-point advantage, 83-81.

There's no shame in Curry losing Finals MVP to Durant.

Steph Curry hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to make the final 110-102, Warriors. And that allowed Kevin Durant to conserve some energy en route to a stunning game-high 43 points on 65.2 percent shooting. He also came within three assists of a triple-double (13 rebounds and seven assists).

"I don't want to downplay anything but I don't want to act like this is the end of the road", Durant said. "I've just got stay locked in".

It was another dagger in the title hopes of James, who had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while Kevin Love added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers rolled the dice and put Rodney Hood into the series, and got 15 points from him.

"He's definitely an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there", James said. "You just can't have mistakes".

As he always does regardless of whether they're going in, Curry has kept firing 3-pointers.

In his first game back, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala didn't miss a beat. Game 4 is set for Friday night.

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