LeBron James: Facing Golden State Warriors is like playing New England Patriots

LeBron James: Facing Golden State Warriors is like playing New England Patriots

But the Warriors have a guy by the name of Kevin Durant who's there to pick up the slack when the Splash Brothers dry up - and the reigning Finals MVP went off for a game-high 43 points as the Warriors worked their way past the Wine & Gold after intermission, taking the 110-102 win and pushing Cleveland to the brink of elimination. When they meet their fate, whether it's at the end of Game 4 of the Finals Friday or whenever the next loss occurs, neither Kevin Love nor Tyronn Lue will be center stage.

"I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Bay Area News Group.

"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in the Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost, as well". With the win, the Warriors take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Throwing the ball off the backboard, James grabbed his own pass in streetball fashion and slammed home the most monstrous dunk we've seen yet in the Finals. Do not forget that James and the Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 series deficit over the Warriors to win the 2016 National Basketball Association title.

But the Warriors fought back into it, with Durant hitting a variety of impossible-to-defend jumpers, and it was a one-point game with six minutes to go. Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 7-for-27 from the floor, with JaVale McGee and Draymond Green finishing with 10 points apiece.

With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 a year ago - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.

After some contentious calls in the first two games, the official Twitter account of the National Basketball Association referees tweeted during game three to confirm James' pass to himself off the backboard was legal. He got 10 points from Kevin Love and a surprise 15 from Rodney Hood, who had just nine points in the last eight Cavs games, but it was not enough to fend off Durant's brilliance.

As Warriors backup point guard Shaun Livingston was walking to the locker room after the game, he yelled: "That's the way to take all the air out of the building". The Warriors now hold a 2-0 series lead.

Stephen Curry asserted his dominance and stranglehold on the NBA Final MVP award by taking a record-breaking 17 threes in Game 2 and hitting a record 9 of them.

"He's definitely an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there", James said.

Kevin Durant refused to label his match-winning game-three performance for the Golden State Warriors as his career's "defining moment", as he plans to create more.

"We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this series and we haven't come up with it", James said. "They're not going to beat themselves". To end the first half, he made a 34-foot 3-pointer to trim the deficit to six after the Cavaliers held a 13-point advantage. We have to weather the storm, keep it close.

That's a compliment to how terrific those Cavs teams were, and one of the best testaments you can make to LeBron's all-time greatness.

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