Durant’s 43 carries Warriors to 3-0 lead in NBA Finals

LeBron James

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will be a game-time decision for game three of the NBA Finals but has a "good chance" of playing, according to head coach Steve Kerr. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". So that's the luxury of having guys like that that you can always - any given moment, they can kind of go off for a game. "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I chose to pull up". Additionally, Klay Thompson scored 20 points after being somewhat doubtful to play following the ankle injury he sustained in Game 1.

The 43 points Durant scored on 15-of-23 shooting - to go along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists - did not come on easy shots. The Cavaliers need to do some serious soul searching before tonight's game if they want to come out with a win. With the win, the Warriors take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The NBA Finals moves to Cleveland this week, as the Cavaliers return to the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena staring down an 0-2 deficit. Hood only played four minutes in the first two games. He can get easy shots as a result of the attention defenses pay Curry and Thompson.

They better make it nine in a row tonight to have any chance of coming back against Golden State in the NBA Finals.

For the third straight time in that unprecedented run of championship showdowns, the Warriors prevailed in Games 1 and 2 on their home floor, Oracle Arena. The mostly uneventful game did have some fireworks however, when Steph Curry and Cavs veteran Kendrick Perkins exchanged words by Cleveland's bench at the end of the third quarter. He added 10 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double, his fourth of the playoffs. After they wasted a 51-point effort by James - with a reversed official's call, missed free throw by George Hill and bone-headed move from J.R. Smith - and let Game 1 slip away in overtime, and following Stephen Curry's 3-point barrage in Game 2, the Cavs are faced with the reality that their season, odd as it has been to this point, is in serious jeopardy. But oddsmakers aren't ruling out Kevin Durant (plus-275; 26 points and nine rebounds per game) or James (plus-375; 40 points, 10.5 assists, 8.5 boards).

The Cavs kept the game close through most of the fourth quarter. Whenever the Warriors needed a bucket, it seemed they could get one at the rim (or just throw the ball to KD).

"Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry", Curry said.

There was nothing James or the Cavs could do but think about what might have been after losing two games that were within their reach. Hood was averaging 16.8 points when he was acquired by Cleveland at the deadline, a scoring average only LeBron is clearing for the Cavs this postseason.

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