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Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

08 June, 2018, 05:27 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Golden State Warriors are now enjoying a luxurious 3-0 series lead advantage over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals, thanks to the incredible performance of Kevin Durant on Wednesday. Durant carried the load while Klay Thompson and Steph Curry struggled to shoot the ball, which is usually a recipe for disaster for the Warriors.

Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win.

"So it happens a lot where the player doesn't win the Championship, because his team-mates aren't as good like this year where LeBron James should be working on his fourth consecutive MVP". If the Warriors sweep the Cavs, it will be the first time an National Basketball Association team has gone winless in the Finals since a young James and the Cavaliers fell to the 2007 National Basketball Association champion San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN's Rachel Nichols reported earlier this afternoon that Durant told her today that he will be re-signing with the Warriors. "They are going to try to do the same thing in the first quarter and more on Friday".

That basket was noticeably similar to the 3-pointer Durant knocked down over James in Game 3 of the 2017 Finals with 45 seconds left to give the Warriors a one-point edge and a 3-0 series lead.

With the Cavaliers playing well in front of their home crowd, there were times the Warriors seemed vulnerable in part because Curry had the worst shooting game of his postseason career. He eventually took six threes, hitting just one, but he was carrying this team.

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Kevin Durant insists it was not deja vu, but it sure looked like it.

Game Four will be in Cleveland Friday night at 9 PM ET, and the Warriors have opened as 4.5-point favorites.

This is the great thing about Golden State's looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title for a third time in the last four years. The Cavs simply don't have the horsepower to hang for 48 minutes, and when you're down 0-3 in the series, you're now battling the fact guys check out.

"I think we all support each other in real - with a real child-like approach to the game", he said.

Durant scored nine points in a 15-8 run to close the second quarter that pulled Golden State within 58-52 at half-time after trailing by as many as 13 points. They must play better, on both ends of the floor, than they did in Games 1 and 2.

"It's nearly like playing the Patriots", James said after the game. JaVale McGee scored on a series of lay-ups, Curry started to find his shot and Durant kept pouring in bucket after bucket. There are just 27 of them total outside of LeBron. "So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan".

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