The Warriors turnover problems from Game 2 carried over to Wednesday night, when they had 18, which helped the Cavaliers stay in the game.
Back home after being outrun and outgunned by the Warriors, who won Games 1 and 2 at Oracle Arena by a combined 41 points, the Cavs find themselves in the same predicament they were in past year.
"He's 7 feet. He can shoot the three-pointer".
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth.
Other dynamic duos in the past, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, didn't enjoy that advantage.
"We know the crowd's going to be into it and you know, there's going to be a big ovation for us taking the floor and we're going to use that to our advantage", Kevin Love said.
"We definitely have a sense of what they're capable of, and we felt like a lot of times tonight we played better basketball", Love said.
The Warriors had trailed the defending champions for much of the second half but used a late surge to secure a 15th straight win, the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports.
In the final minute of the game, Kevin Durant drained a clutch, pull up trey to give the Warriors a two-point lead that they would never relinquish. Not team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit. "When approached about its existence, James and Durant, to a moderate extent, confirmed that there is such a track before bursting out into laughter without further comment", ESPN's Chris Haynes writes.
Durant said he can feel the impact Golden State's third-quarter runs have had in sapping the will from their rivals. "I don't want to relax". J.R. Smith finally got started.
"At the end of the day, I mean, basketball is good", Durant tells B/R Mag.
Cleveland was led by James with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. "I saw he (James) was playing his heels behind the 3-point line". "To see that go in, that was liberating, man". After Game 2, Paul Pierce went on record of saying Durant now is the best basketball player in the world.
Irving bounced back from a rough Game 2 with 38 points, including a couple of dazzling layups where he juked around multiple Warriors.
We may be witnessing the changing of the guard, with Durant leapfrogging both LeBron and Curry to the top of the list. "And we're going to need to play better to win on the road".