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Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

08 June 2018

All of these events were downright ideal for the Cleveland Cavaliers: Stephen Curry's shooting game was terrible for most of the night, Klay Thompson's wasn't much better, the Cavs led by as many as 13 in the first half and some non-producers from the first two games of these NBA Finals were starting to finally give LeBron James the contributions he's craved.

The Cavaliers, who were powered by a 33-point performance from LeBron James, will try to become the first National Basketball Association team to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win a series.

Durant, however, had 24 points in the opening two quarters, including a deep 3 on Golden State's final possession of the half, and the Cavaliers took a 58-52 lead into the intermission.

Iguodala was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets.

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As Durant entered the Warriors' team hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning, he was greeted by the cheers of several adoring Golden State fans.

Durant also hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the finals past year against Cleveland with 45 seconds remaining. Durant scored 43 points while bringing down 13 rebounds and recording seven assists. ("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 unbelievable what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "He raised up and made a big shot for them, kind of like he did past year".

"That's what championship teams do", James said.

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The Cavaliers had their chances in Game 1 and Game 3 of the series, but they came up short and are now on the verge of being swept to close out their season. The Cavaliers kept him to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, leaving Durant to pick up the slack.

While his fellow All-Stars struggled, Kevin Durant thrived on the road with a dominant performance to lead the Warriors to a commanding 3-0 NBA Finals lead. "Two guys that I think are a head above everybody else that's ever played the game".

LeBron James and the Cavaliers just happened to be on the wrong end of it. But at the same time I knew the game wasn't over. "Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry". And then you've got a guy in Klay (Thompson) who could easily be on a team and carry a team, score 40 in a quarter before.

"It would have been a lot more satisfying if we won", Hood said.

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Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title