Warriors take Game 3 as Durant flips script on LeBron


Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a flawless musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.

Trailing 3-0 in the NBA Finals for a second straight season, the Cavaliers now have to find a way to win Game 4 Friday night just to push this series back to Oakland for Game 5 Monday night.

From the tip off, it was clear the Warriors were the more dominate team this series, and everyone knew that.

In Game 3, a pivotal swing game, Durant exploded for 43 points, including a deep dagger 3-pointer late in the contest to seal the victory. To go with his prodigious point total, he is averaging 10.7 assists and 9 rebounds a game.

Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals will be remembered as a legacy game for Durant. And it was the easiest of the four Golden State-Cleveland battles, with the Cavaliers barely putting up a fight on Friday night.

Kevin Durant defends as Le Bron James passes the ball in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. It's the team's third National Basketball Association title in four years.

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"Tonight will be tough", said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half.

Curry scored 37 points, Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty. Golden State started to pull away at the end of the second quarter. And just like previous year, it was nothing but net.

And once again, Kevin Durant-the 2017 Finals MVP-had the ball in his hands, the momentum running down the court, and the swagger to pull up from nearly the same spot behind the three-point line from where he hit a memorable shot past year. Others were sad that LeBron - who put up spectacular performance in every game during the Finals - failed yet again to win a ring.

In Cleveland, the rim shrunk for Warriors' sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, one or two role players stepped up in Cleveland's wins, giving James enough assistance to get the Cavs over the hump. When Durant was simply ordinary in the first two games of the series, Curry and Thompson delivered. This summer, LeBron James holds a player option he could use to leave Cleveland - and many expect him to. Just do not forget to cancel before the free trial period ends if you don't want to become a paying subscriber.

Kerr used 27 different starting lineups during the regular season, which ended with a head-scratching 40-point loss to Utah. Cleveland proceeded to blowout Golden State in that game.