LeBron's magnificence all for naught - again

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CLEVELAND (AP) - This was not exactly the same shot from Kevin Durant. So do their other defensive issues, such as the inability to switch cleanly off the ball.

By the time the game ended, however, Golden State's Kevin Durant had scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a long clinching 3-pointer, and Stephen Curry ended a nightmarish night with five straight to give the Warriors the win. It didn't matter. Durant kept them close anyway. Now the Cavs face a 3-0 series deficit, and the worst news of all is that no team has ever overcome that deficit in the Finals to win a championship.

Up Next - The Wine & Gold will try to extend their season on Friday night when they play Game 4 at The Q. If they're able to do so, it's back to Oakland for Game 5 the following Monday (6/11) with Game 6 back in The Land on Thursday night (6/14).

"I think there is a good chance he'll play", Kerr said at the midday shootaround.

KD wasn't the Cavaliers' only problem. Many of those uncontested. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland (9 p.m. ET, ABC). 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. LeBron's first 12 shots all the paint. From that moment on, Kerr said he made things easier for everyone around him - except the Cavaliers. "But at the same time I knew the game wasn't over". He rewarded Lue with 15 points and a strong game.

In terms of the outcome, the first two games of the 2018 NBA Finals went pretty much according to expectations.

Two years ago, James rallied the Cavaliers past the defending champion Warriors to produce Cleveland's first sports championship since 1964. But Golden State went on a 14-4 run to tie the contest at 26-apiece. You just count on him every day.

With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - nearly from the same spot from where he hit one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth consecutive finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015. Whether or not he does most of his work at Quicken Loans Arena next season, James seems determined to put on a historically dominant performance, one that might result in an Finals MVP award, regardless of the outcome. To be up six at the half after being up 13. they're going to make runs.

But the highlight came with 1:37 remaining when Iguodala made a driving dunk to give the Warriors a three-point lead, 103-100.

Durant carried the load for the Warriors all game, keeping them in it when the Cavs were hitting everything early, and then icing the game late with a dagger three-pointer from way outside.

The Cavaliers don't have answers for Durant or the Warriors motion, and this series is now all but over.