Flawless shot: Durant's late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead

Ruben Hill
June 9, 2017

Durant drained the shot of his professional life - a 3-pointer over LeBron James with 45.3 seconds left - and scored 31 points as the Warriors, pushed harder than they have been throughout their pristine postseason, moved within one win of a title and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Barring a miracle rally, only two players in National Basketball Association history will have suffered more finals defeats than James. And beyond those accomplishments, he moved the Warriors to the brink of the unthinkable: a flawless postseason. "I don't know what I was doing". And I try to do the same things. "I'm not in the "prove people wrong, silence critics" department no more".

"Tonight, I was able to knock it down".

The Warriors also have a chance to be No. 2 in ANY season. Could he play on the big stage?

For most of the night, Durant was a virtual sidekick. For years, he'd been the standard-bearer of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and had his share of near misses. In the four seasons between James' two stints in The Land, the Cavs went a dismal 97-215 with zero playoff appearances.

The Warriors are a ideal 14-0 so far in the postseason, and they seem intent on revenge after giving up a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in last year's Finals. "Somebody told me about it".

"When I look back at it, I was like, 'Oh, I didn't even know this happened, '" he said. No team in National Basketball Association play-off history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

It wasn't a message Durant wanted to hear. I don't have 101, but you get the gist of it. "I'm anxious about today". But when we write the story of this Wizards' era, let's make sure we distinguish that going after Kevin Durant wasn't the problem, it's that they went about it the wrong way.

"But in the moment, I want to just play well that day".

People will point to multiple reasons why the Cavaliers lost on Wednesday night. It was the culmination of years of failures and frustrations for Durant - the same path so many stars, including James himself, have taken.

With a loaded lineup and enough hot hands to fill an octopus, the Warriors don't need to rely on any one player to take a lot of shots.

Cleveland was in the same spot a year ago, but that was before the Warriors added Kevin Durant to a 73-win team.

Golden State is now tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 14 straight across the 1992-93 Stanley Cup playoffs, according to information provided to the Warriors by Elias. "Understand that they have a unique opportunity to make us that much better, and for a majority of this season it's been on myself, Bron and K-Love's shoulders". When you got guys out there like KD, but then Steph and Klay and all these guys as other options, that's tough to guard.

"I didn't plan on this".

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant said. He also insisted that his team was better off playing at a high tempo than trying to slow down the Warriors. Just be involved with that. "But so far, so good this year". But now that he's made good on his promise to bring a trophy home and Cleveland is getting pushed around by the Golden State Warriors once again, James might opt to head to California, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Thursday, citing league sources. The Cavs didn't close out on Durant, who drained a three.

It was a defining moment in his career, and he put on a performance for the ages.

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