Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Three minutes that will linger for the Cavaliers well into the summer when this is all over and there's time to digest what might have been.

All of this works so smoothly because Golden State's coaches and players made an effort all season to incorporate Durant into what they do as much as possible.

"Those are the easiest to digest because you've been overplayed", Manu Ginobili said after the Spurs, too, were swept by Golden State.

"I knew this was going to be one of the greatest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mind set that they were going to have".

Paul Pierce, who on Sunday called Durant the best player in the world, may be onto something.

The Golden State Warriors rallied late for a 118-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to grab a commanding 3-0 NBA Finals lead and move within one game of postseason perfection. They can complete the first undefeated postseason on Friday. He helped create one, after all, and has seen great success because of it. James also knows that these teams can be toppled. All the other drama is worth it to get someone that good. The NBA is in a great place right now and superteams have a been a large part of that.

On the next possession, Irving tried to go to work on Thompson, eventually finding himself on that same spot on the right wing where he won the NBA Finals previous year.

Curry hit a layup, and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his three-pointer to put Golden State up 114-113 with under a minute to play.

"I did not tweet that", Smith said. "I gave everything I had".

"We witnessed a closing game by Kevin Durant that you can't prepare for", he said.

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James, who left Cleveland in 2010 to join All-Stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, said he doesn't begrudge the Warriors for signing Kevin Durant and adding him to a roster that already had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

"He took over", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant.

In Green's estimation, everything worked out in the end.

The Golden State Warriors were down by two with less than a minute to play in a hostile Quicken Loans Arena. The results of the first three quarters of this game do not exactly disagree with that claim. He's shooting just 36 percent in the fourth quarter.

Ponder the cast of Finals characters that James is talking about - those three San Antonio teams (2007, 2013 and 2014), the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 and the 2015 and '16 Warriors - and you realize there's not an ounce of hyperbole in that statement. LeBron's last field goal came with 6:55 remaining.

In the post-season they were similarly fantastic losing only three times on their way to the championship. Oh this is get this and that the brewers win this for five that's what I saw just as objectively.

There is nothing to suggest that Cleveland can avoid the sweep. Game 3 was the best game we've seen so far.

"I've been wokring on that shot my whole life, and for that one to go in, that's liberating", the forward told ESPN's Doris Goodwin after the game.

Just when you were ready to declare this Finals a series again, the Golden State Warriors once again demonstrated the will to make it all their own. They are 30-1 over their last 31 games including the playoffs. They have made a mockery of the competition and in the long run this may not be good for the league. The only success he has had scoring against Thompson is on a handful of backdoor cuts aided by the gravity of Kyle Korver and LeBron James. Here's a fourth: Kyrie Irving very much looked like a top 10 point guard in Game 3.