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Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals.

The Warriors are two wins away from their third title in four years.

Cleveland went 20-26 from the stripe, while Golden State was just 13-21.

Those shots at the rim made up for the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were off their game, combining to shoot 7-of-27 overall and 3-of-15 from three.

Durant's 33-footer was the final act in his 43-point night, and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the finals on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the title series for the second straight season. This is not the same Golden State team (Kevin Durant helps).

"It's nearly like playing the Patriots", Cleveland superstar LeBron James said Wednesday night.

Yet Williams has argued the case for James - a three-time Finals MVP victor including in 2016 against Golden State - to beat Curry, who is in search of his first post-season individual crown. Kevin Durant bolted from Oklahoma City to join the cast last season.

Rakuten had already been involved in Japanese sport and owns the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team and the Vissel Kobe soccer club, who last month signed legendary Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta. "They've got a Finals MVP that comes off their bench", James said in reference to Iguodala. "So when you're able to either force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned and razor sharp and focused every single possession".

Not everybody is ready to crown the Warriors as a dynasty, not just yet anyway.

It became tricky this season when each of them was injured for a span, most recently Curry at the start of the playoffs. "Once guys start talking and they're loud and continuous with talking loud and being great with our coverages, that's going to really help us throughout the entire game", Love said. "That's what it is".

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They're saying all the right things. The odds don't think they'll get it done but LeBron is another animal at home. And it isn't hard to imagine Durant climbing to the top of Golden State's scoring leaderboard and therefore this ballot. It's devastating when you lose, and it's euphoric when you win.

"Steph was not making his shot, but Kevin got it rolling, so we just flipped it around and we had Steph set a couple screens for him", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "The Bulls won six, the Spurs won five".

James said it feels like the team is down 2-0. "It's nothing really magical about what I do or how I've been playing".

"That was Rodney Hood, man", James said. It was awarded to Durant past year and Andre Iguodala in 2015.

Golden State would love nothing more than to continue building momentum as the franchise approaches the opening of its new San Francisco arena, Chase Center, in summer 2019 if all remains on schedule.

Thompson, who makes $17.8 million this season, is quite underpaid by National Basketball Association standards.

Golden State was fortunate to win Game 1, and realized as such. Both Curry and Shaun Livingston had more rebounds than Thompson.

He is proud to be part of a transformation - one the two-time MVP hopes they contend for titles for years to come.

"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in The Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost as well".


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