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So the Warriors added Durant, "one of the best players the National Basketball Association has ever seen".

Curry was coming off a Game 2 in which he hit a Finals-record nine 3-pointers en route to 33 points.

But like they have done in every round of the playoffs this season, the Warriors won on the road and are now just one win away from clinching back-to-back titles.

Which brings us to another trained eye, that of Durant, who points out Green's intangible value. "I didn't want to run in there and shoot a bad shot.so I chose to shoot it from there and it felt good leaving my hands".

Cleveland might've missed their chance to steal a victory over Golden State in the series opener when George Hill missed a potential game-winning free throw and J.R. Smith forgot the score with fewer than five seconds remaining in regulation.

"The thing that's mind boggling is, the Cleveland Cavaliers - how do you not win this game when Steph going into the fourth quarter has only made one basket?"

Last spring, James passed Jordan for first place in all-time postseason points.

Even NBA star Jamal Crawford took notice.

In the game's final stage, Golden State was better, leaving James to compare his opponent to a gold standard in a different sport. He also pulled down 13 rebounds, tying Kevin Love for the game high, and distributed seven assists in 43 minutes.

"We're going to keep fighting", Tristan Thompson said. He drilled an isolation three just before halftime to cut the Warriors' deficit to six points. Smith? He had three points in the second half.

Cleveland's LeBron James delivered an spectacular two-handed slam dunk usually reserved for the NBA All-Star Game contest in the early moments of Wednesday's (Thursday in Manila) third game of the NBA Finals. But since being traded to Cleveland in mid-season, he's been hard to find on the court.

The Cavaliers led Game 3 Wednesday by 13 in the second quarter.

After Hood made a jumpshot to give Cleveland an 87-86 lead, Durant hit a pull-up 2-pointer on the other end to retake the lead. "Defences try to plan for him, but when you're 6-11, 7-feet and you're shooting a lazy pullup on the left wing from 27 feet that's pretty tough to guard".

Game 4 is Friday in Cleveland, and if the Cavaliers lose, it will be the first sweep in the Finals since 2007 when they lost to the Spurs in four games. ABC announcer Mark Jackson called it the type of play fans would talk about for years.

James would have wished to have former Cavs and Miami teammate Wade in the backcourt still in the finals, he admitted.