Kevin Durant Sinks Cavs in Game 3 with Déjà Vu 3-Pointer

Kevin Durant Sinks Cavs in Game 3 with Déjà Vu 3-Pointer

KD wasn't the Cavaliers' only problem.

Despite the strength in depth in the Warriors' team, Durant's performance - with 43 points and 13 rebounds - had James acknowledging the former Oklahoma City Thunder star as the difference between the two sides for the second year running.

Stephen Curry (right) celebrates a Golden State win with Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. "So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan".

The Warriors had expected what it saw from Cavs talisman LeBron James (33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) and Kevin Love (20 points 13 rebounds).

For the second straight game the Warriors off-ball movement - such as their split screens, or the Warriors just slipping a screen - confused a Cavaliers defense that is trying to switch everything but is not defensively disciplined enough to do it. Just to put a dagger in them like that, that was a huge shot.

"Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you're looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they're stacked better than us". Since joining the Warriors, he had connected on only two 3s from 30-plus feet and had never done it a few times in game throughout his career.

As Warriors backup point guard Shaun Livingston was walking to the locker room after the game, he yelled: "That's the way to take all the air out of the building". LeBron's first 12 shots all the paint.

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No player in the league understands the current climate better than James, who formed a super-team in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and won two National Basketball Association titles before returning to Cleveland and joining forces with All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

And when the 2017 NBA Finals MVP was further pressed for an answer on whether he would be okay with that, he said: "I'm not saying that".

Golden State will secure the title if they win game four on Friday night, again in Cleveland. He kept the Warriors close with his shooting (well, that and the off-ball movement that continues to lead to lay-up after lay-up for the Warriors). He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn't score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.

This solo eruption turned out to be enough for the Warriors to escape with a 110-102 win as Steph Curry struggled with 11 points on a 1-of-10 shooting from downtown.

"Kevin Durant", he said.

JaVale McGee scored six points and Durant added five in a 15-3 Golden State run early in the third quarter that produced the Warriors' first lead and saw it grow to a team-best 69-64.

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