Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

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"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?"

And as for the Irving trade, the point guard wanted out of Cleveland because he was exhausted of being in LeBron's shadow, when James didn't step up and demanding to the Cavs organization that Irving not be traded, it said a lot about their relationship. "They just think you go out, and, 'Oh, LeBron, you're bigger and faster and stronger than everybody, you should drive every single time and you should dunk every single play and you should never get exhausted, never.' Like it's a video game". Yet, despite the circumstances, LeBron James - relaxed, zen - seems like a man at peace. The Warriors, in rope-a-dope fashion, took countless body blows but were down only six at halftime.

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are former MVPs.

You really get the feeling that the Cavaliers missed out on a chance to make this competitive series after they blew Game 1 so I'm not surprised that they're now 48 minutes from a series sweep.

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Cleveland led Golden State 58-52 after two quarters, with Durant netting a game-high 24 points. Check. Pulling up from anywhere on the court - including a backbreaking 30-plus-foot 3 in the fourth that drew instant comparisons to his soul-snatching triple in Game 3 a year ago from nearly exactly the same spot?

"I'm living in the moment now", James said after practice Thursday. "He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there".

According to Nielsen, last night's Game 3 peaked with a 15.4 rating right near the end in the 11:15-11:30 PM ET slot.

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Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in this postseason.

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Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt - and a very familiar spot - as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration. "Us younger guys, new guys, we just have to follow their lead".

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say.

Last year Golden State, the defending champions, were also 3-0 up against the Cavaliers, and although they lost game four they secured the title in game five. "But for the most part of those 48 minutes, you just can't have a bunch of those - especially against this team".

Once again, the big (Kevin Love this time) switched onto Curry.

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