Kevin Durant's Greatest Warriors Performance

Kevin Durant's Greatest Warriors Performance

James finished with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he seemed exhausted by the end of the game, had little second half help and the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to go down 3-0 in back-to-back NBA Finals.

Durant's 33-footer was the final act in his 43-point night, and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the finals on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the title series for the second straight season.

Three minutes into the first quarter, he faked a shot and threw a pass off the backboard to himself for a two-handed dunk. And with Golden State already halfway to the four wins needed for another National Basketball Association title, his presence will make this comeback attempt by the Cavaliers in this series only more challenging.

Meanwhile, the spine of the Warriors this postseason, and in the NBA Finals, can get overshadowed though never unheard.

While it was a quiet night from Curry and Klay Thompson, who finished with 10 points, the Cavaliers simply had no answer to Durant. "So I was definitely excited", said the 29-year-old Durant.

That just shows you how great Kevin Durant was tonight, keeping the team within striking distance pretty much all night long. He got 10 points from Kevin Love and a surprise 15 from Rodney Hood, who had just nine points in the last eight Cavs games, but it was not enough to fend off Durant's brilliance.

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The Warriors are going to win a second consecutive title, there will be plenty of opinions on where LeBron James can go to have a chance against them, and none of the answers are going to seem satisfactory.

No other Warriors player scored over 11 points.

"Andre helps us in every regard", Kerr said.

He took close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary past year.

He was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP when the Warriors outlasted the Cavaliers in six games. "He's one of the smartest players in the league". It was eerily reminiscent of the three-point bomb he hit in the face of James in Game 3 of last year's Finals which, like this one, gave the Warriors a daunting 3-0 series lead. "It feels good to play well, but at the same time we need to get the one game two days from now". His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed.

"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. I knew how they thought the game, more than just playing the game".

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