In the finals, with his rebounding, passing and defending, he has helped steer them to a 3-0 series lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Golden State Warriors are a game away from achieving the first unblemished Playoffs record in National Basketball Association history after Wednesday’s away win against a valiant Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals. No shot he or any Warriors player made was as big as that one Durant made to give Golden State the late lead in Game 3. For tonight, numberFire gives the Warriors a 53.7% chance of winning, which is appropriate given that they’re on the road and the Cavs have someone who’s quite good in that LeBron James guy.
“I’ve been working on that shot my whole life”, said Durant, who has averaged 34 points through the first three games of the Finals.
The NBA’s best-of-seven championship was billed as the ultimate grudge match between the league’s last two champions and some pundits felt it could go down as one of the most hotly-contested series of all-time.
Klay Thompson scored 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter and was 6-for-11 from 3-point range.
Irving can be given a pass because he was able to bring the Cavaliers back into the game and raise the intensity of his teammates in the third quarter.
But Golden State with Durant is on another level than the teams Cleveland roughed up in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs just couldn’t hold them down long enough. The Warriors recovered it, Curry hit two free throws, and the game was over.
WHAT’S NEXT: Game 4 is scheduled for Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors are trying to become the first N.B.A. team to complete the playoffs with a 16-0 record.
“Obviously K.D. made some huge plays down the stretch”. “I’ve played against some great teams, but no team has had this kind of firepower”. The Warriors managed just 40 second-half points before their final 11-point flurry.
If LeBron James had to do it over again, he said he would have made the same play: drive and kick it to the corner for a Kyle Korver three-pointer.
In a game of incredible numbers, James’ plus-minus was the most intriguing of the pack: he was a plus-seven in his 46 minutes on the court.
“Draymond got a tech, he gathered, got it back together, we moved on”. In the final quarter it was all going to win, “Cavaliers“, which three minutes before the end of normal time the game had a margin of six points. In fact, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the hope was because both players were so hot that at some point they’d get exhausted of carrying their team.