Wednesday night after the first quarter at the rip-roaring Q, referees consulted replay and "adjusted" the score, giving LeBron James a 3-pointer instead of a 2. There's no shame in losing to an all-time great team, but the lopsided nature of the series should worry Cleveland. The Warriors are one win away from capping a historic 16-0 run through the playoffs. "It always starts on the defensive side with us".
The key shot in the run was a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that put the Warriors up 114-113.
James called the shot a "bomb". And it looked like that was exactly what was going to happen, with the Cavaliers up 113-111 with just over a minute left to play. Durant is the Finals MVP, without a doubt.
"I see [James] backing up. I knew I wanted to take that shot". That advantage has been insurmountable in every series in NBA history.
Kevin Durant tallied 31 points, while Klay Thompson and Steph Curry had 30 points and 26 points apiece for the Warriors. After all, this isn't just any team. He was 8-for-23 in Game Two. "I don't want to relax".
The Warriors had trailed the defending champions for much of the second half but used a late surge to secure a 15th straight win, the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports.
Unlike the first two games of the series, this one was close throughout.
The Cavaliers, though, couldn't get far enough ahead in the fourth to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping into their lead before Durant's defining 3-pointer.
Tristan Thompson has been neutralized as the Warriors are devoting multiple players to keep Cleveland's relentless rebounder off the boards.
Durant is averaging 34 points, 10 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Finals, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players with at least 25 points in their first eight Finals games. The sharpshooter missed a potential game-sealing 3-pointer with 50 seconds left.
The Cavs have gone all-in over the last several years. Cleveland was physical on defense. Nowadays, if you can't shoot a three, you're a liability on the floor. "And they made the plays down the stretch, so you got to give credit to those guys".
Kevin Durant said he'd been practicing the shot for his entire life, and a lifetime of preparation paid off Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. He described the mood as peaceful. It's not about one or the other, it's about both of them. "He knows this is his moment". I think they have become really good friends, they really enjoy playing together. Curry got the ensuing inbounds, absorbed the foul and made the game-sealing free throws.
It was another of James triple-double flirtations (39 in the scoring column, 11 rebounds, nine assists), exemplifying the passing and rebounding that make him so dangerous even when he is not starting out as if he could not miss. Although adding another championship to their franchise is a big achievement, they could also lose up to $22 million, according to a piece made by Darren Rovell of ESPN. "I'm smarter than that". The Warriors will have exacted their revenge on the Cavaliers, but more importantly, the coronation of Durant will be complete.
Again, James and Irving weren't an issue, and that was a gamble the Warriors were willing to take. Did some great things tonight. That six-point effort tied for his lowest scoring output during the playoffs. Now, they have to sweep the remainder of the series to retain the title. "I've never been in this position before, I don't want to relax".
That would put the total at $11,087,500 for Game 5 and $11,345,000 for Game 7.