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Durant dominates as Warriors push Cavaliers to the brink

07 Juin 2018

Their third-quarter excellence is fast becoming the stuff of legend, an uncanny ability to turn on self-fuelled engines at their choosing, lulling opponents for the first two quarters into believing they stand a chance, only to have those hopes dashed against the rocky shores of Steph Curry's and Klay Thompson's long-range shooting.

Neither team led by more than three points in the fourth quarter until Stephen Curry drained a 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining for a 101-97 Warriors edge.

The Warriors seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and by winning game four Friday would complete the first championship series sweep since Cleveland was blanked by San Antonio in 2007.

"For me, tonight will be tough", James said.

When assessing what the league might look like next year, and what kind of competition there will be, LeBron James will always be the biggest question.

"I don't know how many minutes he'd be able to play, but he's been feeling pretty good the last two days", Kerr told reporters. To end the first half, he made a 34-foot 3-pointer to trim the deficit to six after the Cavaliers held a 13-point advantage.

There was the layup he made with just over 6 minutes left to give the Warriors a one-point lead, 94-93.

"You guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer? He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there".

Iguodala sustained the bone bruise after bumping knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Conference Finals. "His one-on-one ability really saved them again tonight".

The 15-year veteran also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for sole possession of the fourth-most playoff games played in National Basketball Association history. They got contributions from others: Love, J.R. Smith (13 points) and surprisingly Rodney Hood (15 points). However, Jordan's 33.4 points per game playoff average eclipses James' 28.9 points per game mark in the postseason. He even went out of his way to force some shots in an attempt to find some rhythm. He was 2-2 in four trips to the NBA Finals with Miami. James acknowledged the Cavs are facing a "tall task" as it is against the Warriors, who are seeking their second straight title and third in four years.

Moments later, Durant delivered his dagger to silence Cleveland's crowd.

Both teams battled through a tight one-possession game throughout most of the fourth, exchanging leads but also missing several shots that could have proved difference-making for either side.

It was the closest they would get for the rest of the night.

"It's nearly like playing the Patriots", James added. "You can't have mistakes". Remember, Game 4 of the NBA Finals is Friday night on ABC13 at 8 p.m. HOUSTON ASTROS Carlos Correa leaves early with an "uncomfortable" feeling in his side, but the Astros rally to beat Seattle 7-5.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will be a game-time decision for Game 3 but there is a "good chance" he'll play, coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday during the team's shootaround.

"We got stagnant", Love said. For ourselves and for our fans, we've got to go out there and give everything we've got. The Warriors had beaten the Los Angeles Lakers the night before and then made the cross-country trip to Orlando to start a six-game road trip.

Durant dominates as Warriors push Cavaliers to the brink