The 6-foot-11 forward scored a game-high 43 points, single-handedly leading his team to a 110-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. After unifying last season, they ran to a 16-1 playoff mark, losing only to Cleveland in the 4th game before winning the crown, Durant's first National Basketball Association title, in 5 games. However, now that they'll be playing in Cleveland, can we still expect a Golden State landslide?
As a team, the Cavaliers shot 37-90 from the field, or 41%, compared to the Warriors' 47-82, or 57%.
There's a hint of viewer fatigue for the latest chapter of the NBA's Cleveland-Golden State rivalry.
The Cavs have to make shots.
Golden State was up three and Durant was being guarded by Rodney Hood 35 feet from the basket.
Durant has made quite a career out of rising to the occasion.
Kerr also understands the great things on offer. He kept the Warriors close with his shooting (well, that and the off-ball movement that continues to lead to lay-up after lay-up for the Warriors). When he missed the second one, Smith got the rebound over a lackadaisical Kevin Durant.
The two teams are vying for the championship for the fourth consecutive year. "It was more than just what he did for the team". But Love needs to be more consistent over the entirety of the game, and that may require a change in playing style. James stumbled across the baseline and out of bounds, but instead of a foul, a turnover on James was called.
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You've got to know he's going to end up with 30 points and a triple-double and all that stuff because he's that good. Curry had a slow start from the perimeter, making just one of his first five attempts in the first quarter.
He already had a reputation as the type of player who would resort to those types of tactics, and something like this coming from him admittedly isn't surprising. Paul didn't play another minute, and the Warriors squeaked by the Rockets in seven games.
"Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry", Curry said.
Tristan Thompson has to try and tip in a few on the offensive boards. It began when Curry hoisted a corner 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter. And it nearly perfectly mirrored what he did a year ago.
J.R is once again J.R..
Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series. It led to 16-to-4 early run for Cavaliers. A pathetic outing from the reserves with some players doing worse than others. He didn't think his shot was the biggest of the game. When you're focusing on those three guys, other guys are going to get shots. A mixture of Jordan Clarkson and JR Smith could work.
After an off night in Game 1, Kevin Durant rebounded in a big way, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting.
The King went for 51 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the opener, and it wasn't enough. Cleveland would make a push and Curry would answer.
Iguodala has averaged 11.4 points in 18 past finals games - including a 20-point showing for Golden State in last year's title clincher against the Cavaliers. He is shooting 44.9 percent from the field and an impressive 50.0 percent from the three-point line. There's not much the Cavaliers can do when Curry is on fire like he was on Sunday.
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