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

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Cleveland threw the first punch with a 14-4 run to start the first quarter, but Durant allowed Golden State to hang around with 13 first-quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Green is not amongst those who think he and James will be teaming up in the Warriors blue and gold in the future though, as he believes it would be an either or situation if James actually does come to Golden State via free agency this summer.

"I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn't succeed getting past a Boston, getting past the San Antonios of the league", James said. They were both pull-up 3-pointers that served as daggers. "I mean, he's a victor".

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the brink of losing the NBA Finals for the second straight year to the Golden State Warriors.

With Curry and Thompson non-factors much of the game, combining for 21 points on 7 for 27 combined shooting, Durant finished with a playoff career-best 43 points.

Game 3 went down as a loss, and now the Cavaliers find themselves in the hole from which no National Basketball Association team has ever escaped. Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland.

Having similarly delivered at this stage a year ago, Durant has spent the last 12 months dodging questions about whether he will ever top his 2017 display, and he now plans to do the same when asked to analyse his latest performance.

But James is averaging almost a triple-double in the series with 37.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 10.7 assists. "But you definitely tip your hat".

If you were rooting for an NBA Finals upset, or you're a Cavaliers or LeBron James fan, Wednesday's Game 3 result took the wind out of your sails.

"It wasn't just the number of points", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. The Cavs are "this close" to holding a 2-1 lead in this series. It's a lot of people that believe that he's not for the people or doing things that's right by the people so that's not surprising you know, hearing the news today with the Eagles.

While LeBron James and company have put up an honorable fight through three games, the Warriors' talent level has simply proven too high for a Cavs team that is in noticeable need of additional high-level playmakers.

When it was over, a reporter asked James how Durant had changed the complexion of the Warriors-Cleveland rivalry.