As Curry and Thompson struggled with their three-point shooting early, Durant was unstoppable, using his long arms to shoot over the Cavs' defenders, nearly single-handedly keeping Golden State in the game at half-time when they trailed just 58-52.
"That was unbelievable what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters.
"Don't get me wrong, every time I make a shot in the National Basketball Association, I get excited", he said.
Golden State might have the services of Andre Igoudala back as his condition has been raised to questionable. The Raptors have made four trips to the south shore of Lake Erie in the past three years, and they are a smooth 0-7 over that time.
The Cavaliers quickly established the lead in the game's opening minutes, scoring on their first five possessions, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Kevin Love and J.R. Smith to open the game.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue could only marvel at the similar circumstances. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. After Curry had a big Game 2 with 33 points, Game 3 was Durant's turn.
"We talk about his versatility all the time", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "I just took the shot".
"I twisted it pretty good", James said. "I was yelling the wrong thing". But that was a huge shot. "That's just who they are at that point".
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She looked as if she might blow a seven-shot lead over the back nine, the way Palmer did losing to Billy Casper at the 1966 U.S. They would need extra holes to decide who would win their second Major Championship, and who would lament missed opportunities.
"I was definitely excited", said Durant, who tends to try and keep emotions to himself. "Like it was just high emotion". "We've got a lot of guys who can play, and they're all chipping in". "That's rare in the National Basketball Association". We're all grown men. Although the Warriors are 2-0 up, Durant pointed out that his team should not take the foot off the gas.
But the Warriors are just never that easy to put away.
With LeBron James' contract expiring at the end of this season, the rumors of the superstar departing in free agency are hotter than ever.
"We're going to keep fighting", Tristan Thompson said.
Durant was devastating in game three of the Finals on Wednesday, the Warriors star pouring in 43 points and recording 13 rebounds to inspire a 110-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
"It's a tie between MJ and Kob", Durant said. I discovered something different.
"I'm not done playing basketball yet, so I don't really look at these as defining moments", he told a news conference. The Golden State Warriors have won five of their last seven road games. But this time around, in order to keep their championship-winning team intact, Durant agreed to a almost $10 million pay cut ahead of the season.
And his presence continues to be the difference-maker. "I guess because you are comfortable", he said. All right. There it is. "He's one of the smartest players in the league". "So there it is".