Durant's shot sends perfect Warriors over Cavs in Finals

Doug Mendoza
June 8, 2017

Indeed, Cleveland looked like a team searching for answers in Game 2.

Durant scored 31 points and Klay Thompson had 30 for the Warriors, who improved to 15-0 in the postseason and are on the brink of the first undefeated finish in the National Basketball Association.

Cleveland had collapsed in the third quarter of the first two games, letting the Warriors run away and hide. Durant, who is chasing his first National Basketball Association championship, buried the go-ahead three-pointer over James with 45.3 seconds remaining, and made two foul shots with 12.9 seconds to go make it 116-113. This, from a team that averaged 40-percent from beyond the arc during the regular season. He pulled up for a 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James, and all that talk about changing teams, legacy and the balance of the NBA Finals came down through the net with 45.4 seconds left.

People keep saying this series is over - and, sure, it might be - but anything could happen.

After winning Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points at home, the Warriors had to scrap for all 48 minutes to take down the Cavs, who will need a similar effort to avoid being swept by a team with few weaknesses.

With coach Steve Kerr back on the bench for the second straight game after battling back pain, Golden State, which made a record 9 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished 16 of 33 behind the arc, also got just what it needed from its reserves as Andre Iguodala had several big plays, none bigger than stripping James of the ball on a potential tying 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds left. Stephen Curry had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. And in the first two games, Irving did not have anywhere near the type of two-way impact that James, Durant and Curry had. After a timeout, James drove and kicked it to Kyle Korver in the corner.

Cleveland was in the same spot a year ago, but that was before the Warriors added Kevin Durant to a 73-win team. "That's what Golden State does". What's more, the source of the snippet supports ESPN's report that the track was record in 2011, since Spider Studios is where James and Durant worked out together during the offseason that same year.

James is a player concerned first and foremost about his brand; and if he feels said brand is being attacked you can bet he'll do his best to put any and all negative talk to bed. Cleveland didn't score a point over the final 3:09. Golden State has been punishing Cleveland in transition, and the way the Warriors have blown open the first two games by scoring in bunches hasn't just taken a physical toll.

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"I'm not a past guy too much".

That's been quite evident through two games.

The Cavaliers were seemingly in control in the most competitive game of the series.

So while the Cavs cling to hope based on what they did before, the problem is what else do the Cavs have up their sleeves against a team now powered by Durant that has been unbeatable in the playoffs. "Even when you are playing well, you gotta play like A-Plus".

Golden State is playing to be No. 1 this season. They led by seven late in the quarter. Who takes it? Curry, or Durant?

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.

Remember, both of these guys suffered agonizing playoff losses.

Though this week's report is the first we've heard of the track, it isn't the first time the song was almost released.

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