LeBron James went off the backboard to himself in Game 3

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

On Wednesday night, it was Durant scoring a playoff career-high 43 points to go along with 13 rebounds and seven assists in a come from behind 110-102 win, giving Golden State a 3-0 lead.

But with the outcome in the balance, Curry drained two crucial attempts in the closing three minutes - a stumbling layup and an enormous unguarded 3-pointer - as well as a dish to a cutting Draymond Green to polish off the Cavs with 25 seconds left.

For the Cleveland Cavaliers to win even a single game in the NBA Finals, they need a break to go their way.

During his press conference, Durant noticed the middle finger salute and responded in kind by mouthing, "Fuck you".

"After that game, as he made his way back to the team hotel, Cleveland Cavaliers fans berated Durant with thoughtful feedback such as "K.D., you suck!" and K.D., UT's butt!" The Warriors lead the NBA Finals 3-0 over the Cavaliers.

The rest of the 7 roster spots will have to be filled out mostly through minimum contracts they negotiate with players.

Durant's last basket was eerily like a 3-pointer he made late in game three previous year against the Cavs that clinched a Golden State victory. "You can't have mistakes".

"I don't want to downplay anything, but I don't want to act like this is the end of the road", Durant said. Friday's Game 4 could be his last with his hometown franchise.

Golden State's first chance to wrap up the title will come on Friday night at the same court.

LeBron, now second-running with 85 3-pointers, is also still playing in the Finals, although its hard to imagine him retaking the record considering that Curry is a far more prolific outside shooter.

Then, as they often do, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter, using a quick 9-3 spurt after the break to level the score and taking off from there.

Like Durant, Curry has not forgotten that loss.

"It's nearly like playing the Patriots", James said after the game.

Cleveland has no answer for Kevin Durant. They scored 49 points in the first quarter of Game 4 [last year].

"Just got to be better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said tersely when asked about the defensive issues.

While Stephen Curry seemed to be inspired after an altercation with Kendrick Perkins, some of his Warriors teammates are upset about the Game 2 incident. "I want a [championship]".

Video emerged Thursday afternoon of a weird exchange between the former Thunder teammates, as Durant can be seen on the podium mouthing what appears to be "f-k you" to Perkins as the big man apparently walked by.



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