Curry shows way in NBA Finals MVP race

Curry shows way in NBA Finals MVP race

Curry shows way in NBA Finals MVP race

Stephen Curry finally connected when it mattered most and Kevin Durant poured in 43 points, including a devastating 3-pointer with 49.8 seconds to play, and the Golden State Warriors are on the precipice of a third title in four years with a 110-102 victory.

He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn't score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.

"That was unbelievable what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters.

He's not conceding. But he is clearly tipping his cap to the Warriors, his nemesis in each of the last four Junes and a team that's one win shy of beating him in three of those series. It led to 16-to-4 early run for Cavaliers. 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. One reporter asked him if he thought Durant was going to be a superstar back when LeBron faced him and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.

No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, but the Cavaliers made the best comeback in NBA Finals history in 2016 from 3-1 down to swipe a title from Golden State.

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.

Speaking of KD, he had arguably the best game of his career, dropping 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting along with 13 rebounds and seven assists, including a dagger from nearly the exact same spot as the one he hit in Game 3 past year. "We did some things that we need to correct if we want to win the next game".

Golden State will get their first chance to close out the series on Friday in Cleveland.

They finished the Cavaliers off in five games in 2017.

"Golden State Warriors star player Kevin Durant proves that there really is no "I" - or "$" - in "team".

By the time the first half ended with Cleveland up by six, the Warriors had chipped away at big Cavaliers leads twice, thanks mostly to Durant, who had 24 points in the half. "I started asking for more of them, and I was able to knock down some shots for us".

It came on a night when no other Warriors player got it going offensively.

"That's what championship teams do", James said.

"We've got a lot of depth", Kerr said during his post-game news conference.

Kevin Love adds 20 points and 13 rebounds despite the Game 3 loss. James (238) broke a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and moved into fourth place for the most playoff games.

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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