"But for the most part of those 48 minutes, you just can't have a bunch of those - especially against this team". "When you're able to force a miscue, you have to capitalize". That helped boost the 33 points from LeBron James, who added 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
"That was fantastic what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". Overall, he shot 15 of 23 from the field, 6 of 9 from long distance, and 7-of-7 free throws. He just missed a triple-double in Game 2 (29 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists). Durant turns, stars and someone blocks his face from the camera before the Warriors star continues to walk inside.
After scoring a playoff career-high 43 points in Game 3, it was time to head back to the team hotel and relax, but at least one fan wanted to get some more heckling in.
Afterward, the defending champs could be heard loudly celebrating inside their locker room, perhaps a warmup for a bigger party to come. If the Eastern Conference champions want any chance of dethroning the Golden State Warriors, they'll have to win Wednesday night.
The presence of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green around Durant makes it nearly impossible for opposing defenses to focus on stopping just one of the All-Stars and creates plenty of space for them to dominate extended stretches of games.
"I didn't expect to play him 22 minutes", Kerr said. I said that earlier this year. "Tomorrow I'll replay some plays and some moments and things of that nature". But that was a huge shot. "The crowd is going to be into it. LeBron is going to try to will them to victory. Like it was just high emotion". Agreeing to such terms allowed the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. That's rare in the National Basketball Association because we're all professionals. "But I thought our guys did a great job of fighting and sticking to the game plan outside of a couple breakdowns here and there". But like I said, to hold Steph to 11 and Klay to 10, we did a good job in that regard. "He just never gets exhausted, even when he's been out 2 1/2 weeks".
Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals
The second set was a procession for Nadal, before the German put up a good fight in the third, forcing a tiebreaker. He is tied 1-1 with Marterer and trails Nadal 0-5 in their previous meetings.
"You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there", he said.
Just 4 minutes and 16 seconds into the quarter, the Warriors had turned a six-point hole into a five-point lead thanks to a 17-6. I'm not sure what time I'll end up getting to bed.
Golden State is one win away from capturing back-to-back titles and three in the past four years.
Cleveland has no answer for Kevin Durant.
And his presence continues to be the difference-maker. I mean, that's what he does. All right. There it is. As Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports noted, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on First Take that LeBron James would have a conversation with Golden State regarding his own impending free agency this offseason.