Kevin Durant hit a clutch three over LeBron James with 45.3 seconds left to guide the Golden State Warriors past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113, giving the Dubs a commanding 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
KD finished with 31 points and 8 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 30, while Stephen Curry had 26 points with 13 rebounds in the huge win.
Behind most of the second half, Golden State got to within 4 points with under two minutes left in the game.
Durant then took over, draining a floater over Kevin Love with 1:15 remaining to pull the Dubs within 2.
The Cavs’ Kyle Korver missed a three on the next possession and then Durant grabbed the rebound, pushed the ball up court, and drained his big three over King James to give the Warriors a 1-point lead and ultimately the game.
“He took over,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters of Durant’s heroics late. “You can tell, he knows this is his moment. He’s been an amazing player in this league for a long time, and I think he’s — he senses this is his time, his moment.”
The Warriors, who are now 15-0 in these playoffs, won despite James’ 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, and Kyrie Irving’s 38-point explosion.
“I played against some great teams, but I don’t think any team has had this type of firepower,” said James. “So even when you’re playing well, you got to play like A-plus plus.”
No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 hole in the Finals.
But the Warriors, who held a 3-1 advantage before losing to these Cavs in last year’s NBA Finals, are taking nothing for granted.
“It’s not over,” said Durant. “The job’s not done. Closeout games are the toughest.”
Game 4 is Friday in Cleveland.
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