"Obviously K.D. made some huge plays down the stretch", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Is it fair that the New York Yankees in the '90s was adding piece after piece after piece after piece? "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".
Durant's late three-pointer did more than lift the Warriors over the Cavaliers in a 118-113 Game 3 victory.
"I don't attribute this game to being exhausted", said James. "And now that you can look ahead to Friday, all our focus is on that", Curry said. Curry, victor of the last two MVP awards, is fully healthy after struggling through last year's Finals. You could've done that, and we're going to have another 48 tomorrow. Some say motivation is not getting swept, but I'm not sure the Cavs want to fly back to Cali knowing what will happen in game five in Oracle.
The NBA's best-of-seven championship was billed as the ultimate grudge match between the league's last two champions.
Kevin Durant scored 31 points for the Warriors, who have the opportunity on Friday to become the first team to go unbeaten en route to a title.
The Cavaliers got 29 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists, three steals and one blocked shot from James, as well as 27 and 19 points from power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving, respectively.
In his postgame interview, he used the word "liberating" to describe the shot, the moment.
Even after falling 0-3 to the Warriors, LeBron James is still considered the best active basketball player in the world.
"Their team was already kind of put together, and you just implement a guy that's ready to sacrifice, a great talent, a guy that's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win", James said. "And that's what he's been doing". Wile James finished with a near- triple-double tally of 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, Kyrie Irving, the hero of last year's Game 7, piled on 38 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
They will travel back to Cleveland again on Saturday vying to be the first team to go unbeaten all the way to an National Basketball Association finals title.
The 2017 Warriors boast of four All-Stars and four-All NBA players in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's - you hope eventually it's going to take its toll.
A hand that will soon have a championship ring. It would have been 2-1 Warriors had Durant not hit that shot.
"It took a while for it to kind of reveal itself consistently as the regular season went on, but once it clicked and the habits started to become second nature, it was kind of attractive to watch and an fantastic kind of style to play and watch unfold", Curry said.