Golden State lead the final series 3-0. For James, this is not uncharted territory being the underdog.
The record is just among the whole list of feats that James has achieved not just in the NBA Finals, but in the entire playoffs as well. Nearly every National Basketball Association player is driven by slights, both real and perceived, to fuel the level of competitiveness required to excel at that level. He would finish with 13 rebounds and seven assists in what was one of his best performances in his short Warriors career. "But we've got to come out and got to play 48 minutes".
From there, the game never got outside of five points in either direction until Durant's crushing 3. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games playing on two days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Two Finals appearances, two back-breaking, championship-making 3's.
"It was determined he was out of the restricted area, but he was not in a legal guarding position prior to Durant's separate shooting motion", referee Ken Mauer said after the game.
The reigning National Basketball Association champions looked rattled. In his first appearance, he lost to the Spurs in the middle of their dynasty with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in their primes.
Then again, they all have been easy. Golden State took a lead it would not surrender with 45 seconds left, when Durant hit a 26-foot jumper in front of James for a one-point lead. That's what the Warriors brought in Durant to do, for games like this when their other stars struggle - and that's exactly what he has delivered.
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Durant's 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting led the way.
LeBron James tallied a triple-double (33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds), but missed a number of baskets that he normally makes. James averages a double-double during the National Basketball Association finals which is an incredible feat. He had 24 points, eight rebounds in the first half. His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed. "Also, just being in the right spot on the court".
Golden State is just too good and too deep for the Cavs, who are too often exposed as a one-man team powered by James.
It came on a night when no other Warriors player got it going offensively. Rather than take a day off, Kerr had the team trudge their way to a late-night practice, eschewing the standard game-day shootaround. It shouldn't affect it at all.
Back in late November, with the National Basketball Association regular season less than two months old, a bleary-eyed Steve Kerr leaned against the scorer's table in Orlando's Amway Center challenging his team to play better. His numbers do not lie either.
"That was fantastic what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters.
They just couldn't stop Kevin Durant. Kerr played with Jordan on three National Basketball Association championship teams.
And when James did get his first bucket.
Cleveland coach Ty Lue gave him a chance in Game 3.
"In the Finals, this is the only building I know what that experience is like", Curry said. James said he wasn't mad at the coaching staff, but frustrated that they could have had a chance for another play.