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Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

07 Juin 2018

With the game hanging in the balance, Durant delivered an all-time, ice-in-his-veins pull-up three-pointer to effectively end the Cavs season.

The Warriors have a 3-0 lead for the second straight year.

Game four is on Saturday (New Zealand time).

Down 3-0 after a 110-102 defeat, imagine you're the Cavs for a moment, if you can stand the inequity of it all.

2015 was Thompson's best year in the playoffs, statistically, but his inclusion on an all-time team is more a reflection on the list of big men LeBron has shared the court with.

A historic 51-point Game 1 performance from LeBron James wasn't enough to top the defending champions, and Game 2 showcased just how hard it is to beat a team with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all shooting the lights out.

His team has fallen in an 0-2 hole as the series heads to Cleveland for Game 3 Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST.

"We've been here before". He said Tuesday that he doesn't know if he'll stay there for Game 3 in Cleveland on Wednesday night. We're used to that.

Sure, it's a somewhat primitive approach in this day and age of analytics and pace-and-space basketball, but if LeBron made a decision to go Shaq on the league and attack the rim at all times, who could stop him? "Just to put a dagger in them like that, it was a huge shot".

"And we have to be prepared for that. We have to be good".

He also broke the record for the most three-pointers in a single Finals game when he drained nine in a 122-103 win in the second encounter on Sunday night. Curry has been around for all four of these series.

National Basketball Association officials made another interesting call well before the Cavaliers and Warriors hit the floor.

"A insane night", Curry said. We're locked into doing that, and we know we can. They got back to their roots in game two of the series and ended the game with five different players in double figures in points. I think I've played solidly here. Wednesday's culprit was Kevin Durant, the superstar forward who signed with the Warriors before last season with the hope of creating a dynasty.

"No matter what's going on in the series, you change venues and you have to re-assert your dominance and try to find that momentum", Curry said. "It's incredible to be a part of", Thompson said.

But with the outcome in the balance, Curry drained two crucial attempts in the closing three minutes - a stumbling layup and an enormous unguarded 3-pointer - as well as a dish to a cutting Draymond Green to polish off the Cavs with 25 seconds left. "I think he's getting closer and I'm hopeful he can't play if not tomorrow (Game 3) then in Game 4". "It's a great position to be in". We can't relax or be comfortable. We're trying to win this thing.

While it was a quiet night from Curry and Klay Thompson, who finished with 10 points, the Cavaliers simply had no answer to Durant.

For the first time in the NBA Finals, the Warriors had their Hamptons Five (nee "death lineup") at their disposal, as Andre Iguodala returned to action for the first time since the Western Conference finals.

Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers