Kevin Durant's EPIC 43 Point Performance In Game 3 | 2018 NBA Finals

Doug Mendoza
June 8, 2018

Durant then buried a 3-pointer from 33 feet out with 49.8 seconds remaining to essentially ice the game.

But this one was deeper than his dagger was a year ago - and it cut deeper as well.

After the game - which the Warriors won 110-102 to take a 3-0 series lead - Durant was asked why and how he remained so calm and composed, especially while Curry and Draymond Green were going insane right next to him.

"It has been three or four or five seasons wrapped in one".

On nights like Wednesday, when Curry was mostly awful, Durant can play the one-on-one style that not long ago had some analysts briefly questioning his future in Golden State.

"The thing that's mind boggling is, the Cleveland Cavaliers - how do you not win this game when Steph going into the fourth quarter has only made one basket?"

"When you're down like this in a deficit like this, versus a team like this, there is no good feeling". Soon, maybe Friday, maybe not until Monday, this team will have the same.

James elaborated on the challenge the Warriors present since adding Durant.

Golden State already has $103 million committed to 2018-19 salaries.

He had previously been starting for Golden State in these playoffs as part of what is known as the Warriors' "Hamptons 5" lineup - a nod to the four players who went on the NY recruiting trip to lure Kevin Durant to their team two summers ago.

They needed 27 starting lineups in the regular season, and five so far in the playoffs. They are a Superteam, without question.

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"I think if LeBron James is on the Golden State Warriors, there's a high possibility that I won't be here", Green said Thursday, via NBC Sports Bay Area. "You can't have mistakes". All they need to be worrying about is making sure they don't get swept on their home court in what could possibly be LeBron's final game in a Cavs uniform. So when you're able to force a miscue then you have to be able to capitalize, and then you have to be so in tune and razor sharp and focused every single possession.

"You know, I just tried to make sure that we came out and didn't foul a three-point shooter or didn't give up a wide-open three or got too excited about that play".

James had a triple-double.

Cleveland opened the game with a 16-4 run but the Warriors closed the first quarter with a 16-7 spurt to pull within 29-28 entering the second quarter. And he's still down 3-0.

"The margin of error is very low", James said following Cleveland's 110-102 loss.

And just like past year, he drilled it.

Durant has made quite a career out of rising to the occasion. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".

"I played with guys with that same type of intensity", Durant said, "but his talent and feel is different". "It's hard to make shots at this level in the National Basketball Association and I understand that". He knows any team he's on can get to a Finals, or, if he's out West, will go until they meet the Warriors in the playoffs.

It may as well have been.

Instead, Cleveland is only left to wonder if James is a game from leaving. "And he's been that for them a number of times". It was eerily reminiscent of the three-point bomb he hit in the face of James in Game 3 of last year's Finals which, like this one, gave the Warriors a daunting 3-0 series lead.

"That was awesome what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant.

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