Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113

Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113

LeBron James shook off a knee-buckling blow to the chin while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on J.R. Smith's 3-pointer.

"We want to play fast; we don't want to play in a hurry", Lue said.

"Both those guys were incredible, 38 and 39". Force them into outside shots if you can. "I mean, just hits an unbelievable game victor, just comes down in transition, that only Kevin Durant can hit". And when they finally got a close one, they showed why their roster is the envy of just about every other team, with the long-range shooting of Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, and the defensive wizardry of Draymond Green and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

It was also another unproductive outing from Tristan Thompson, who failed to score, while Kevin Love went 1-for-9 for just nine points with 13 rebounds and six steals.

Golden State's march toward a ideal 16-0 postseason continues.

"I think we're a better team partly because, obvious reasons, we have Kevin Durant on our team, but I think we're better from our experiences", Kerr said. Point guard Steph Curry scored 26 points and led the team in rebounding with 13.

Durant and the Warriors come to Cleveland for Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday. With unmatched firepower, the Warriors are pushing the pace and the Cavaliers to exhaustion. These Warriors don't have to be flawless to be dominant.

"We just have to take care of the basketball", Lue said Tuesday after the Cavs practiced at Quicken Loans Arena. But despite the chilly weather, Clevelanders were fired up to see if the Cavs can climb back into the series after losing Games 1 and 2 on the road to Golden State by a combined 41 points.

"Nope. I mean, it's hard to envision", Irving said.

If Durant offsets James in these Finals, the Warriors win a championship. That's definitely in full effect. we're all fully aware.

"So we made enough plays tonight to still win the ballgame, but they made a couple more". "That's what they did". From the start, this felt like a game they not only could win but knew they needed to win.




Korver, who was traded to the Cavs from Atlanta in January, says the break following the Eastern Conference finals has affected his timing.

They look ready to play for many more. "I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

They very easily could be playing for a third straight championship.

That's how the Warriors seem to be playing. By the time the quarter was over the Warriors led 39-31.

Cleveland had collapsed in the third quarter of the first two games, letting the Warriors run away and hide. It's just that's what's in front of us.

"And nothing was really going our way, but we were still there".

Cleveland could have won Game 3 had they played better in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, and their mistakes down the stretch will haunt them this summer.

As it turns out, everything he had-and everything Irving had-simply wasn't enough.

No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit, and it doesn't appear any team is equipped to hang with these Warriors, who may go down as one of the best ever.

Greg Swartz is the Cleveland Cavaliers Lead Writer for Bleacher Report.

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