In Game 3, Warriors Beat Cavaliers In Fourth Quarter Comeback

Maybe not. But the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 118-113 in Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday because Durant drilled the biggest shot of his career, shining last in an instant classic featuring big nights from a long list of superstars.

James, visibly exhausted down the stretch from playing 46 minutes, said he was focused on not fouling.

"I mean, obviously it's physically and emotionally draining because I give everything to the game and want to put myself and my teammates in a position to be successful". The Warriors finished with an 11-0 run to steal the victory and all but assure themselves of taking Cleveland's title.

Irving took a step-back jumper from the right wing - the same spot he hit his notorious victor in Game 7 previous year - with 26.5 seconds left and the Cavs down by one.

But that was as good as it would get for the reigning Champs on Wednesday.

Kevin Durant's mom, Wanda, known as "The Real MVP," has been with her son through everything from raising him as a single mother to now cheering him on in the 2017 NBA Finals.

On Cleveland's next possession, Kyrie Irving's step-back three-pointer was off target. Curry contributed 26 points and 13 rebounds.

James lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 Finals, his last with the Miami Heat, before coming back to Cleveland for a second stint. I don't contribute as losing this game because we got exhausted.

"I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing".

"I made a decision to stick with those guys, being at home, down 0-2".

The Cavaliers now need to win on Friday night just to stay alive in the series.

"They're definitely a different team than they were previous year that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

On the night, the four-time MVP went 15-for-27 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long-range, adding 11 boards, a game-high nine assists, a steal and a blocked shot in almost 46 minutes of work. He now has scored 30-plus in all three games of the Finals.

"We talked about it since The Finals last year that the last season was a very unique year, for a lot of different reasons, and we learned a lot", Curry said.

The Cavs, though, couldn't get far enough ahead to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping away before Durant's defining 3 - the shot that makes dreams come true. "They do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo and just made some big-time plays down the stretch".

Irving didn't let that happen in Game 3. But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds. That's only notable because that triple tied his scoring total in Games 1 and 2 combined.

Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, and his pull-up three-pointer over King James with 45 seconds remaining gave the Warriors their first lead since late in the third quarter and silenced what had been a raucous crowd.

Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. Over the past two games, the two-time MVP is averaging 11.5 boards per.

Wednesday night's thriller featured 10 ties and 19 lead-changes. Kyrie Irving poured in 38 in 44 minutes. But the Warriors were that much better, going 16-for-33 from deep. Michael Jordan (1,176) is next.

Over the last three minutes, Cleveland went 0-of-8 from the floor and didn't attempt a free throw.

"Before the series even started we knew what we was dealing with".

They look ready to play for many more. "He's been an unbelievable player in this league for a long time, and I think he's - he senses this is his time, his moment, his team".

"Even when you're playing well, you got to play A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays", James said.

Kevin Durant was the biggest prize of last year's offseason and on Wednesday he showed why the Warriors were so keen to get him, draining the shot of his career to put Golden State on the cusp of an unprecedented ideal postseason.

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