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How Draymond Green Helped Make Kevin Durant's Move to Golden State Happen

20 Juin 2017

From clutch heroics to poise under pressure, the Golden State Warriors used lessons learned in last year's heartbreaker NBA Finals loss to Cleveland to take care of business this time.

No, it will be a shot that will stick in the mind of Cavaliers fans and players everywhere: Kevin Durant's ultimate game-winning 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left in the Warriors' 118-113 victory that left Cleveland in a 3-0 Finals ditch. But in the Finals, the Cavs are running like gangbusters, with the first two games averaging 105.5 possessions.

Golden State's general manager got himself a glass of wine, to no avail, and picked up a book to read - but his heart still felt like it was racing Thursday afternoon when he appeared on 95.7 The Game.

Klay Thompson scored 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter and was 6-for-11 from 3-point range. Kevin Love, who did not score much, grabbed 13 rebounds, each of them were deflating for the Warriors.

The NBA's best-of-seven championship was billed as the ultimate grudge match between the league's last two champions and some pundits felt it could go down as one of the most hotly-contested series of all-time.

"They're definitely a different team than they were previous year that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

Green picked up his fourth fouls midway through the third quarter as Cleveland led 80-79.

Irving took a step-back jumper from the right wing - the same spot he hit his notorious victor in Game 7 a year ago - with 26.5 seconds left and the Cavs down by one.

The Warriors lead the Finals three games to none and are 15-0 in the postseason. Draymond Green was nonexistent most of the night but came up with one stop against James in isolation.

The report made no reference to James' accidental kick to Iguodala's groin area, which came on the same play between the two referenced in the L2M.

There was still time left on the clock when James walked off the court in frustration. James, too, missed from the rainbow and committed a costly turnover with 10.4 second remaining in the game.

They got a stop on Kyrie Irving and made free throws.

Irving's incredible driving layup through four Warriors whipped Quicken Loans Arena into a frenzy and gave Cleveland a seven-point lead late in the quarter. Country music stars and Columbus, Ohio, natives Rascal Flatts sang the national anthem. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant had a sparkle in his eye.

Lue also insisted that his team was better off playing at a high tempo. Durant is fifth on that list at $60.6 million, and Curry is eighth at $47.3 million.

How Draymond Green Helped Make Kevin Durant's Move to Golden State Happen