The best reactions to the Warriors' soul-crushing win in Cleveland


With a little under 50 seconds remaining in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant calmly dribbled past halfcourt, pulled up, and drilled a 3-pointer right in LeBron's face to put the Warriors up 114-113. But the Warriors would presumably like to avoid it anyway and wrap this series up. "Game 3's (in the Finals) have been rough for us".

The Warriors mounted a furious rally in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, overcoming LeBron and the Cavs for a 118-113 victory in Cleveland, putting them on the brink of their second NBA title in three years.

With the success Kevin Durant has had - he has scored 71 points in two games, James has drawn that defensive assignment.

"It is now because we took care of tonight", Curry said. "He senses this is his time, his moment, his team".

"We're more focused on what happened previous year in terms of we were up 2-0 and we came here and the series shifted", Kerr said.

"I never been in this position before", said Durant, long accused of not being able to win the big game.

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They surpassed the 13-win streaks of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers to set the record, although "Showtime" Lakers star Magic Johnson claimed Monday his squad would have swept the Warriors in a series. Of course, the prospect of a financial loss isn't going to keep the Warriors from trying to win Game 4 on Friday.

This story has been corrected to show that the Pittsburgh Penguins had 14 straight postseason wins in only one season, not two.

Golden State, who also had 30 points from Klay Thompson and 26 from Stephen Curry, would become the first team in National Basketball Association history to make an unbeaten play-off run to the crown by winning game four on Friday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers, however, are a beaten team. Two free throws later and Durant gave the Warriors the separation that they needed to hold on. Kyrie Irving added 38 points.

"(Game 3 is) always hard no matter what happens in the first two games", he said. Should the Warriors stay healthy and together - and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes - they should be a title threat every year.

Durant and Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 31 and 30 points, respectively, while Curry added 26, as that trio combined for all but one of Golden State's 16 three-pointers in the game. "Because you have so much belief and confidence in yourself, but also one of the biggest things that makes a great player great is how selfless he is and how much is he willing to sacrifice in order to see the betterment of the team". "Even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus plus because they're going to make runs, they're going to make shots and they got guys who are going to make plays". With the massive home crowd behind them, the Cavaliers might be lifted by their fans at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors had no one to contest Tristan Thompson on the boards, and his defensive versatility made him not only valuable, but a totally essential and indispensable piece for the Cavs' championship formula.

"He took over", Kerr said of Durant. "It was maybe our toughest in terms of our ability to just hang in there".

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CLEVELAND-They went with the five players who started this all, who lifted everybody else, and who have turned this season into the ultimate sprint towards postseason perfection.

James had the ball in the corner, but his three-point attempt was stuffed by Andre Iguodala. James shook it off, got up and slowly walked to the bench, and moments later drove for a layup.

Irving didn't let that happen in Game 3.

- NBA TV (@NBATV)Kyrie Irving erupts for 16 3rd quarter points on #NBAonABC!

Crisis averted. Until the final three minutes, when the Cavs couldn't score and couldn't stop Durant.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant has played with objective throughout the series. After a timeout, James drove and kicked it to Kyle Korver in the corner. "I don't want to relax".

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