The Golden State Warriors are on the brink of their third National Basketball Association championship in four years after winning 110-102 away to the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"That's what championship teams do", James said. "Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry".
It erased a lead that Kevin Love and J.R. Smith helped LeBron James establish in the first half. "It just so happened that Kevin Durant played exceptional and Stephen Curry hit a timely three-point shot in the dying seconds of the game", Cortes said.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted an image of the half-time box score noting the fact the Cavs didn't attempt a free throw in the first half, deleting it shortly after.
"If you remember in the first quarter, Cleveland was up by 10, KD hits a couple of baskets and pushes it to six". I think we are definitely able to feed off each other and that helps. "But I am confident that we can turn things around", said James on the eve of the third game.
With the Cavaliers knowing their backs were against the wall, it was expected that they would come out of the gates flying in Game 3.
They were asking for trouble.
"That was fantastic what he did out there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Sources had told Haynes that there were no real incentives - for Durant or for the team - to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around. That's what this team does.
So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say. However, Oklahoma City let their grip hold slide over the Warriors to allow them to come back from that deficit to reach the NBA Finals. He practiced each of the past two days to move closer to a return. Last year, Cleveland managed to win Game 4 before losing the next game-and the Finals-in Golden State.
Durant was an efficient 15-of-23 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range.
But a lot of the angst won't be about the Warriors, it will be about James. Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland. James has been surrounded by a plethora of different teammates over the years, but somehow has managed to make consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. He has taken Cleveland to the NBA Finals now five times, and this now looks certain to be his fourth loss in those.
This isn't the first year that an NBA Finals game not involving the Heat has drawn an impressive TV rating locally.
"They have a number of guys that can bail their team out on any play, any game, any possession", Cleveland's Kevin Love said.