Durant's heroics give Warriors 3-0 lead

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

"That's the challenge right there", he said softly about the Warriors and their four stars: Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green.

Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win.

"He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen", LeBron James said after Game 3.

Back in early March, Anthony Slater of The Athletic asked Durant if it's 100 percent certain that he will be back with Golden State in 2018-19.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, returned to Golden State's lineup after being sidelined by a left leg bone bruise.

Tyronn Lue finally gave Rodney Hood a chance - the mid-season acquisition's chemistry with LeBron has been iffy, but in a series where the Cavs need shot creation he is their second best at that.

What to most appears hostile, to them was apparently cordial behavior.

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The Cavaliers opened their biggest lead of the series at 13 points and maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the first two quarters, built mostly through the shooting of James and Smith and the rebounding of Kevin Love, who has quietly had a tremendous series.

Barring a miracle, they're about to take three of four Finals showdowns from the Cavaliers. KD should now just go back to his "Slim Reaper" nickname, as he is just killing the hopes and dreams of anyone thinking they can beat the Warriors... "It was pretty reminiscent of previous year because it was nearly the same time in the game and hit an unbelievable shot".

Nearly a year to the day of last year's Game 4 loss, Durant and the Warriors can redeem themselves if they sweep the Cavaliers on Friday night. "We want to come out here and play our best game and just respect the game".

Durant scored nine points in a 15-8 run to close the second quarter that pulled Golden State within 58-52 at half-time after trailing by as many as 13 points.

"There it is. Kevin Durant was my answer". The Cavs simply don't have the horsepower to hang for 48 minutes, and when you're down 0-3 in the series, you're now battling the fact guys check out. Curry continued to struggle to find his shot and Durant began to shoot wildly in an attempt to shoulder the load.

"We've just got to come out with a good game plan. I just wanted to hear what they were talking about".

While Stephen Curry seemed to be inspired after an altercation with Kendrick Perkins, some of his Warriors teammates are upset about the Game 2 incident. Durant then walked into the hotel without incident.

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