Durant Puts on Clinic as Warriors Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead
Golden State topped Cleveland 110-102 Wednesday night, putting the Warriors on the brink of their 3rd championship in 4 years.
Kevin Durant had a superlative night, scoring a game-high 43 points on 23 shots, along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists.
Durant capped his performance with a long 3-point dagger in the final minute.
“He’s an assassin,” said Lebron James of KD. “That was one of those assassin plays right there.”
Durant’s heroics helped the Warriors overcome an off night from Stephen Curry. Curry shot a mere 3-16 from the field, including 1-10 from 3. Curry did not make a 3-pointer until late in the game.
With an incredible individual effort perhaps symbolic of his performance in this season’s playoffs, James completed an alley-oop to himself in the 1st quarter.
Despite rolling his ankle in the 1st half, Lebron finished with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Also of note was the return of former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Iguodala, who had been out for the first two games of the series, made his presence felt with tenacious defence on James, as well as a vicious dunk in the 4th.
“It was good just having him, settling the game down,” said teammate Shaun Livingston of Iggy. “His defence was strong, whoever he was up against – Lebron or someone else – and his toughness makes everyone out there better.
The Cavaliers now face a near-insurmountable task. No playoff team has ever come back from 3-0 down to win a series.
With the win, Golden State moved a step closer to establishing themselves as one of the league’s true dynasties. Meanwhile, Cleveland edged closer to a summer of uncertainty.