Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

Golden State's Kevin Durant scored a game-high 43 points to carry his team to victory and a 3-0 series lead.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played about as well as they can in this year's NBA Finals.

But if the Cavaliers want James to remain with the wine and gold, they'll need to pour out everything in Game 4 and work their way up from there.

Iguodala hasn't played since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals due to a knee injury.

In the game's final stage, Golden State was better, leaving James to compare his opponent to a gold standard in a different sport.

One fan got under Kevin Durant's skin when he yelled "KD, U.T.'s butt!", a video from TMZ shows.

The Warriors steamrolled the Cavaliers in last year's Finals in five games and can sweep Cleveland in Game 4 Friday. JR Smith scored 13 points and Rodney Hood came off the bench for 15. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".

"It's a big difference", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said when asked to compare the pre- and post-Durant Warriors.

Speaking of KD, he had arguably the best game of his career, dropping 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting along with 13 rebounds and seven assists, including a dagger from nearly the exact same spot as the one he hit in Game 3 past year.

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Having similarly delivered at this stage a year ago, Durant has spent the last 12 months dodging questions about whether he will ever top his 2017 display, and he now plans to do the same when asked to analyse his latest performance.

"It's definitely a tough loss", James said.

Nothing's going in Cleveland's way, so far, in the 2018 NBA Finals. Because Durant went insane, scoring 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting, and Golden State kept getting to the free throw line.

Golden State made up the deficit and then some to begin the third quarter.

Game 1 of this series will be remembered by how Cleveland let it get away; the botched rebound by Smith to be forever played as one of those quintessential wish-you-had-it-back moments.

"He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen", LeBron James said after Game 3. So, I can't - I don't really know.

James, who can be a free agent in July, stopped just short of saying the Cavaliers don't have enough to beat these Warriors.

"I guess because you are comfortable", he said. Previous year we were up 2, and he pulled up pretty much right at the three-point line and got a great contest, but he made it.

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