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Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Behind a monster game from Kevin Durant, the Warriors overcame Cleveland's most balanced effort of the series along with poor shooting nights from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 110-102 win.

"I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Bay Area News Group.

"Don't get me wrong, every time I make a shot in the National Basketball Association, I get excited", he said. In NBA playoff history, teams down 3-0 are 0-131. Three minutes into the first quarter, he faked a shot and threw a pass off the backboard to himself for a two-handed dunk.

Cleveland turned the ball over a series-high 14 times in Game 3, and the Warriors converted for 19 fast-break points. "Bitch ass." Perkins, who was teammates with Durant during their days with the OKC Thunder, has not suited up at all during the NBA Finals.

"That's why they've retooled this team", the Cleveland Cavaliers star said when asked about Kevin Durant's presence more than covering for Curry's 3-for-16 shooting display, including 1-for-10 from 3-point territory.

Durant's final points came on a 3-pointer that was shot a few feet back from the spot he pulled up from in Game 3 of last year's Finals.

After some contentious calls in the first two games, the official Twitter account of the National Basketball Association referees tweeted during game three to confirm James' pass to himself off the backboard was legal. After his 15 and 10 first half, Love finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

"I thought we did some things that we need to correct if we want to win the next game".

This is the great thing about Golden State's looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title for a third time in the last four years.

Well, while LeBron James and his hometown team are now down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Brown believes there's still hope for the Cavs.

"There's going to be nights like this for all of them".

"For me, tonight will be tough", James said.

Durant, however, had 24 points in the opening two quarters, including a deep 3 on Golden State's final possession of the half, and the Cavaliers took a 58-52 lead into the intermission.

"We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this series and we haven't come up with it", James said.

The Cavs are 8-1 at home this post-season heading into Wednesday night's game. He didn't think his shot was the biggest of the game.

But the biggest catalyst for Cleveland's superior performance at home is, unsurprisingly, LeBron James. Reminiscent of last year's pretty great Game 3 effort, Durant scored a playoff career-best 43 points on Wednesday to help seal the deal in the minds of many that the GSW will be the ones holding the trophy in the end.