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Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

"The shot clock was running down and I was pretty far out", Durant said of his game-winning shot on ABC in a postgame interview with Doris Burke. He knew 50 seconds still remained and his shot put the Warriors up by six points.

Durant, however, had 24 points in the opening two quarters, including a deep 3 on Golden State's final possession of the half, and the Cavaliers took a 58-52 lead into the intermission. On Wednesday, history repeated itself.

The Cavs came out shooting early, quickly making seven of their first 13 shots.

When returning to the team hotel following the victory, Durant ran into some hecklers who were eager to talk to the 2017 Finals MVP. Entering this series, some questioned whether Durant and Stephen Curry could strike the right balance.

Game 3, for the Warriors, has always been the difference between a hotly-contested series and a cruise into the next.

While it was a quiet night from Curry and Klay Thompson, who finished with 10 points, the Cavaliers simply had no answer to Durant.

Game 2 saw a more pedestrian night, by LeBron's lofty standards, dropping 29 points and 13 assists in a 122-103 blowout loss in which he looked (understandably) gassed at times, particularly in the second quarter.

"We definitely have to win tonight", said Brown. "But you definitely tip your hat".




"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?" Durant, shooting like Curry, nailed a record four 3-pointers from 30-plus feet. As the Cavaliers called timeout, a silent Durant slowly walked while staring at the opposing crowd as teammates Curry and Draymond Green screamed in excitement for him.

"It was nearly like I was cussing him out, but I was so happy", Green said. From that moment on, Kerr said he made things easier for everyone around him - except the Cavaliers. But that was a huge shot.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played about as well as they can in this year's NBA Finals.

James will see a historic playoff run end without his fourth ring as he'll suffer another defeat to the Dubs.

LeBron James had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but his Cavaliers will have to become the first team to climb out of a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals.

It doesn't happen often, but James was upstaged on his home court.

"That was incredible what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters. Smith? He had three points in the second half.

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