Warriors take Game 3 as Durant flips script on LeBron

Lynette Rowe
June 8, 2018

Especially in the NBA Finals.

With a 12.7 in metered market results, last night's exhilarating Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals dipped just 5% to be pretty steady from the comparable match-up of past year. Or it could be LeBron James was hoping to change his team's luck heading in Game 3. They're not going to beat themselves.

The Warriors became the first team in history to take a 3-0 lead in back-to-back Finals. The Warriors were down just six at the half.

"Kevin Durant", he said.

"When they make you pay.it comes in the bunches", James said.

"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league".

Durant had 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting, 6-of-9 from three, including the above dagger, plus 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Warriors to a 110-102 win. Check. Pulling up from anywhere on the court - including a backbreaking 30-plus-foot 3 in the fourth that drew instant comparisons to his soul-snatching triple in Game 3 previous year from nearly exactly the same spot?

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The Bay Area and Cleveland don't hold rivalries in any other sports, but when you play in four-straight NBA Finals, it's easy for one - no matter how peculiar it might seem in a vacuum - to develop.

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.

And when the champion pops champagne bottles and douses their locker room in bubbly, it'll probably come to an end. But after missing his first nine three-point attempts, Curry hit his first three-pointer when the Warriors needed it most - a trey with the Warriors clinging to a 98-97 lead with 2 minutes 38 seconds left.

Durant didn't have it in Game 1, but the Warriors picked him up. Glasspiegel believes James has the power to convince Durant to leave the Warriors by saying how underappreciated he was in Bay Area playing alongside Stephen Curry. "Us younger guys, new guys, we just have to follow their lead".

Last season, the Cavs were also down 3-0 to the Warriors heading into Game 4 and managed to stave off elimination, 137-116. "But for the most part of those 48 minutes, you just can't have a bunch of those - especially against this team". He got a little help this time with Kevin Love scoring 20 and knocking down threes. That's not almost enough against an all-time great team.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill (3) during the third quarter in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

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