Kevin Durant was brought in to the Golden State Warriors to have games like he did on Wednesday, as the visitors from Northern California outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102.
The victory gives the defending NBA Champions a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 0-3 series deficit in the NBA Finals.
Leading the way for Golden State was Durant, as the 28-year old small forward from Washington, DC had a NBA Finals career high 43 points while pulling down 13 rebounds and passing out seven assists for a double-double for the contest.
Five other Golden State players were in double figures, including the other four starters, and yet no other Warrior scored more than 11 points.
Cleveland started the contest well, leading by 12 points early on.
The Cavaliers even nabbed Stephen Curry for two quick fouls as it looked like Cleveland would echo their series against the Boston Celtics and play well at home.
LeBron James paced the hosts with 33 points with Kevin Love adding 20 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double.
Curry finished the game with only 11 points and only made one shot from beyond the three point line, after scoring a NBA Finals record nine in Game 2.
Such a poor statistical night would normally have guaranteed a Cavaliers triumph, but the difference was Durant.
Now the potential final game of the season could happen as early as on Friday in Game 4 as the Warriors have four games to clinch their third title in four years.
The Warriors are 10/17 to win Game 4, with Cleveland 6/4.
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