As the clock ticked under a minute, Warriors small forward Kevin Durant secured a defensive rebound and dribbled the ball over to the left wing, where he pulled up and knocked down a 26-foot three-pointer, which gave Golden State a 114-113 lead over the Cavaliers.
Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, "It's so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results". "I saw he (James) was playing his heels behind the 3-point line". To see that go in, that was liberating, man.
The Golden State Warriors are one win away from a historic 16-0 run through the postseason with a 15-0 straight up and 12-3 against the spread record thus far. Golden State won the National Basketball Association title in 2015 in six games over the Cavs, and Cleveland won past year in seven games. Check out some of the reactions and highlights below. "I think it was [that] we played a desperate team on their home floor, a great team, with great players, and they came out and handed it to us".
"I mean, just hits an unbelievable game victor, just comes down in transition, that only Kevin Durant can hit".
Green was already working on that as he left Oracle Arena after that gutting Game 7 loss. Need proof? James played 45 minutes and 37 seconds Wednesday, spending just 2 minutes and 23 seconds of the game on the bench.
Kevin Durant is on his way to winning the NBA Finals MVP with 34 points per game and the biggest shot of the series.
James had 27 first-half points and Irving 17, but no one else had more than six for the Cavs.
Cleveland needs things to change in Game 4, in terms of rest and strategy, but the mantra from the coaching staff and players seems to be one of "we just need to do what we do better". They are too good and too deep for the Cavs to even make this series remotely competitive, and Wednesday night showed that. "We missed some shots, and they made some".
The heartache, as much as the addition of star forward Durant, has made the Warriors all the more stronger now, even in snatching defeat from victory's jaws past year. It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career.
It was also another unproductive outing from Tristan Thompson, who failed to score, while Kevin Love went 1-for-9 for just nine points with 13 rebounds and six steals.
In the first two games, the Warriors used the third quarter to strangle the Cavaliers. They've withstood every one of Cleveland's runs, and responded with their own.
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