CLEVELAND, Ohio — Roc Nation’s Kevin Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to inch closer to capturing its third title in four years.
The former Texas Longhorns scoring machine, nailed a dagger three – pointer resembling last year’s finals to help seal the win in the closing minutes (49.8 seconds). Durant scored 24 in the first half, to go along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists for the night.
“Tonight will be tough,” said James. “Tomorrow I’ll replay some plays and some moments and things of that nature. When I wake up Friday morning I’ll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. That’s just who I am.”
KD has himself a NIGHT Kevin Durant 😏 pic.twitter.com/1WNwnXyrgF
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) 7 juni 2018
Six Warriors players reached double figures in scoring. Stephen Curry contributed 11 points and six assists, while Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, JaVale McGee and Jordan Bell added 10 points apiece.
Veteran Andre Iguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, scored eight points and made one steal in 22 minutes in his first appearance in the NBA Finals this year.
“It was good just having him, settling the game down,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “His defense was strong, whoever he was up against — LeBron or someone else — and his toughness makes everyone out there better.”
Lebron James led the Cavs with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love added 20 points for the Cavs. LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the most 30-point games in NBA playoff history.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) 7 juni 2018
Rodney Hood finished with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds. A reminder, Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 finals.
Game 4 is Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports (NBA)
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