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NBA Finals Game 3: Kerr discusses Durant's epic performance

07 June, 2018, 12:18 | Author: Drew Briggs
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"It's kind of insane seeing him [Bell] out there, it's like, dang, he was just in college last year, rookie year, already in the finals, and he's getting minutes". Win this game and the series, for all intents and purposes, would be over.

Durant posed uncharacteristically as he released the ball. "That was kind of like a dagger shot". That was all the space he needed.

Kevin Durant powered his way to 43 points for Golden State. He wouldn't allow Cleveland to pull too far ahead and the superstar made up for an ineffective Curry.

But the Warriors grabbed their first lead of the game during a 17-6 run to start the third quarter, setting the stage for a tense finish to a game that saw 11 lead changes. Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade combined have 58 career games like that.

Kevin Durant torched the Cavaliers with a playoff-career high 43 points as the Warriors overcame a 13-point, first-half deficit to close in on their third National Basketball Association title in four seasons.

The 12-point margin represented the biggest lead of the series for the Cavaliers at the time. Durant continuously made timely, momentum-stopping shots.

"I think we all support each other in real - with a real child-like approach to the game", he said. "You can't have miscommunication, you can't have flaws. because they're going to make you pay". He was his best self, and he played within the Warriors system.

Officiating in this year's NBA Finals has received some attention, especially after Game 1.

Durant said the similarity with last year's shot — a moment that helped define his first championship — didn't occur to him.

Dribbling near the foul lane, he used a head fake on McGee before stepping past the Warriors center.

"That was awesome what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"Devastating" is one way to describe it.

LeBron James left in disbelief after brilliant Game 1 performance
And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our ass off, man, it ain't right. A LeBron 3 in the third quarter put Cleveland up three, giving the Cavaliers their first lead of the second half.

With the game hanging in the balance, Durant delivered an all-time, ice-in-his-veins pull-up three-pointer to effectively end the Cavs season. "When a guy like Kevin Durant is hitting these shots, it's a joy to watch". We get it at this point.

"That margin for error is so little, so thin against them, I think in some cases you have to be flawless", Love said.

"It's an important conversation, but you can't control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that", Curry said. "So when you're able to either force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned and razor sharp and focused every single possession". Still, Jefferson played a key role in the Cavs overturning a 3-1 deficit. But calling it a blowout is not entirely accurate.

Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals.

But unlike Durant, Smith and Love didn't keep it going. We could easily be sitting at a flipped script where the Cavs are leading 2-1.

Cleveland made an early push to turn Game 3 into a blowout, but Durant's spectacular shot-making wouldn't let that happen.

And that's how we'll remember these Warriors: Even when they're not at their best, they are still the best, and by a pretty wide margin. However, another loss shouldn't affect his legacy but it probably will as many people will revert back to that Finals record and when it is all said and done Lebron's record won't be ideal like Jordan's is.

"Incredible, even by his standards", Love said. "Kevin Durant was my answer", James said following the 110-102 Cavaliers loss.

Just for kicks, I told her that depended if she had the inside scoop on LeBron James' plans. I found some good spots, and my teammates did a great job of setting screens for me, setting me up.

Golden State opponents expect that.

"This is the beauty of this team and the luxury that we have of having multiple big-time scorers", Kerr said. He never forced anything on Wednesday. Obviously, it is much harder to do that for the duration of four games. And Game 3 proved there's a big difference.

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