The teams were locked in a tight battle for most of the second half and the outcome was up in the air until a Durant three-pointer from well beyond the arc put the Warriors ahead by six and all but sealed the game with 50 seconds to play.
If the Warriors do complete a sweep of the Cavaliers, it will be a dent on his resume but it shouldn't diminish his legacy as he'll still be recognised as one of the best players to ever grace the National Basketball Association. Soon, maybe Friday, maybe not until Monday, this team will have the same.
Where would he have the best chance to beat the Warriors? He was an elite player before he went to Golden State.
They did it the hard way, without question.
"I mean, it's nearly like playing the [New England] Patriots", James said. "You can't have mistakes". They lost in five games with Irving on their side in 2017, and now Irving's gone. "They're going to make runs".
James had a triple-double.
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James set an early tone barely two minutes into the contest with an incredible dunk with an assist from the backboard. And he's still down 3-0.
"Kevin Durant was my answer", James said. "Every player does not want to - sad to say - but every player doesn't want to compete for a championship and be in a position where every possession is pressure". "The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made previous year". "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". He's been an MVP, a Finals MVP, an Olympic gold medallist already.
"I played with guys with that same type of intensity", Durant said, "but his talent and feel is different". I just internalize it a little bit as I get older a little bit more than I did as a younger player.
It may as well have been.
Considering that fact, statements made by James on Thursday morning offered a pretty legitimate cause for concern regarding James' uncertain future in Cleveland. "And he's been that for them a number of times". He made 7-of-11 field goal attempts.
But the biggest shot of the evening came with under a minute left. They had numerous defensive breakdowns in the third quarter and ended up losing by eight on a night Curry shot 3-for-16, including 1-for-10 on threes, and scored just 11 points. The game. The season.
"We've got a lot of depth", Kerr said during his post-game news conference. He's such a high-IQ type of guy that he'll most likely find himself in the right place at the right time and help our rotation get back to what we're consistently used to. "That was wonderful what he did".