Durant dominates as Warriors push Cavaliers to the brink

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In Game 3 of the Finals a year ago in the same building, Durant hit a deep 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 3-0 series lead.

As in, it's the only game the Cavaliers have won a few times.

KD was unbelievable from start to finish in Game 3, on a night where the Warriors needed every single one of his 43 points.

James set the mark by hitting a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to draw the Cavs within one point, at 101-100. "It's kind of insane seeing him [Bell] out there, it's like, dang, he was just in college last year, rookie year, already in the finals, and he's getting minutes".

"Well, this is the beauty of this team and the luxury that we have of having multiple big-time scorers", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "So we're used to that". "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I chose to pull up". "We have to be prepared for that". "I started asking for more of them, and I was able to knock down some shots for us".

The stunning move came amid a promising first half for the Cavaliers as they looked to bounce back from a 2-0 series deficit with a six-point lead at intermission.

And if he scores 30 in Game 3 - or any postseason game for the rest of his career - he will break a tie with Michael Jordan for the most 30-point playoff games in league history.

"The one he made tonight was 4 or 5 feet behind the one he made past year", Cavaliers forward LeBron James said. Do you press up into Durant's airspace at half court because you know he only needs one long stride from there to get into shooting range? The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series, 3-0.

"I mean, I just love that support from my teammates, and I think we all just support each other in a real childlike approach to the game. So I don't feel good about it".

While it remains to be seen just how much an exhausting playoffs will catch up to James on Wednesday, the stars are aligning for another epic LeBron performance.

Common NBA wisdom dictates that role players benefit the most from playing at home.

"We believe", Lue said.

Cleveland has no answer for Kevin Durant. Hood only played four minutes in the first two games.

Those shots at the rim made up for the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were off their game, combining to shoot 7-of-27 overall and 3-of-15 from three.

Iguodala has missed the past six games with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson is defended by Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala, left, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, right, during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday in Cleveland.

And he is facing the strong possibility of exiting Cleveland off the back of a third NBA Finals defeat in four years, if he decides to leave.

"It was nearly like I was cussing him out, but I was so happy", Green said. We're locked into doing that, and we know we can. But there are a lot of bad signs in Cleveland now.