LeBron James has pulled his Cleveland Cavaliers to an improbable National Basketball Association finals. And a steal against Kevin Love with 2:20 left that led to a 3-pointer from Stephen Curry, putting the Warriors up, 101-97. Ironically, it was center Javale McGee who spurred the run by rapidly scoring eight points - all point-blank shots created by the Warriors' offense. This is the third time Durant and James have faced off in the Finals, each earning 4-1 series wins over the other.
Having similarly delivered at this stage past year, Durant has spent the last 12 months dodging questions about whether he will ever top his 2017 display, and he now plans to do the same when asked to analyse his latest performance. Game three is usually the game that determines if it's going to be a sweep or if we actually have a series on our hands.
The 12-point margin represented the biggest lead of the series for the Cavaliers at the time.
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.
However, a 34-foot three-pointer by Kevin Durant at the buzzer cut the Cavaliers lead down to six points, 58-52, heading into halftime.
Golden State made up the deficit and then some to begin the third quarter.
The game remained close throughout the final period until Kevin Durant struck from deep once again.
However, after having just four points through three quarters, Curry hit a pivotal three to put his side up four with under two minutes to go.
Steph Curry hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to make the final 110-102, Warriors.
All five Warriors starters scored in double digits, but aside from Durant, none surpassed 11 points. "And he was standing over my leg and I don't understand what people want me to do".
"Just got to be better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said tersely when asked about the defensive issues.
Rodney Hood made the most of his opportunity by contributing 15 points off the bench.
In agreeing to the deal, which USA Today says is worth between $51-$53 million in total, Durant proves that short-term losses can sometimes set you up for long-term gain. "Just their will to win is something that's contagious, and it makes you a better player as an opponent as well".
"You can't have mistakes, they're not going to beat themselves", he continued. "We want to come out, respect the game and try to win this thing".
This was not exactly the same shot from Kevin Durant.
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 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.