Durant was a star at Oklahoma City but left last July as a free agent to sign with the Warriors, smarting from a loss to Cleveland in last year's NBA Finals when they were one win shy of a repeat crown.
James was been sensational again for Cleveland, scoring 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting. The Warriors are simply too good, and the Cavs know it. However, both played more than 44 minutes and, by the end, they were spent. I've played against some great teams, but I don't think any other team has had this type of firepower. "So even when you're playing well, you got to play like A plus plus". In Game 2, he seemed to find himself somewhat, scoring 22 points. James scored 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
No team has ever come from a 3-0 series deficit to win in the National Basketball Association playoffs, and the Cavs will look to avoid a sweep at home on Friday.
Klay Thompson is an All-Star.
Well, there he was Wednesday night, rising up and taking down the defending champs. He had 9 points and 13 rebounds. James and Irving gave it their best shot, but the Cavaliers are running out of bullets.
Forget the 2011 Mavericks, the 2014 Spurs, and certainly the 2015 Warriors - the other teams to beat James in the Finals.
It doesn't take a genius to see what a difference-maker Durant has been for Golden State, the final piece that has turned a championship-caliber team into one that's building a case as one of the NBA's all-time best.
"They're going to get exhausted", Kerr recalled after the game, ESPN reports. "But I think that we just stayed with it, and our defense finally kicked in".
Irving left Thompson open behind the 3-point line to try to swipe a steal from Zaza Pachulia in the post and Thompson buried the 3 to give Golden State an eight-point lead.
"No, only missed shots".
Irving and Kevin Love are both under contract for two more seasons guaranteed, with player options in 2019-2020. James can opt out of his contract after next season. "I wasn't sure after a while; they just were going nuts".
That window is shut for this season, nearly certainly. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, and there's little reason to believe the Cavs could crawl out of the hole against this Warriors team. Durant didn't get another chance to win a game in the series: Russell Westbrook took the last couple of shots in a close Game 3, Mario Chalmers was the hero of Game 4, and the Heat ran away in the second half of the close out Game 5.
And if he's being honest, Durant probably would say the same.
So versatile with his length and ability to alter shots, he even played center during Sunday's Game 2 when Draymond Green dealt with foul trouble in the 132-113 victory. "That's what they did".