In what appeared to be an exact replication of the same game in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors took Game 3 from the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-102, to take a 3-0 series lead for the second consecutive season.
Aside from Rodney Hood, who came out firing after being buried on the bench the first two games, Cavs players not named James who thrived in the first half shrunk.
Another "Summer of LeBron" could start as early as Friday night.
On nights like Wednesday, when Curry was mostly awful, Durant can play the one-on-one style that not long ago had some analysts briefly questioning his future in Golden State.
In Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Cleveland, Durant made his case - and it was a convincing one. However, no one scored more than the 11 points Curry had. ("You know, I had a pretty solid career before I hit that shot, I felt", Durant said.) He will be equally amused when he gets asked if the shot he made Wednesday will also be a defining moment.
"That was fantastic what he did out there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were off. Curry and Thompson continually drew iron with their jump shots, combining for seven points on 3-of-15 shooting with just one 3-pointer between them in the first half. And just like a year ago, it was nothing but net.
"I think there's a good chance he'll play", Kerr said.
Even during the 2016 title-winning campaign, Cavaliers had come back from a 1-3 deficit. However, Jordan's 33.4 points per game playoff average eclipses James' 28.9 points per game mark in the postseason. But there were no late-game heroics this time like we've seen so many times in these playoffs. The Cavaliers kept him to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, leaving Durant to pick up the slack.
"If you can get healthy and guys are playing at the right level at the same time, then you can feel like you can beat anybody".
"For me, tonight will be tough", James said.
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