I predicted the NBA Finals would end in six games, but Kevin Durant is on a mission to both capture the NBA Finals MVP award and sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers. Durant dropped 43 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on Wednesday night to help the Warriors to a 110-102 victory of the a frustrated Cavalier team in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors victory took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as they look to shut out all hope with a win in Game 4 on Friday. With history on Golden State’s side, no team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit. The victory by the Warriors was despite subpar performances by Klay Thompson (10 points, 4-of-11 shooting) and Steph Curry (11 points, 3-of-16) but got 10 points each from Draymond Green, JaVale McGee, and Jordan Bell.
Durant did not struggle with his offensive game, which he combined 43 points (15-of-23 from the field, 6-of-9 from the 3-point line, 7-of-7 from the charity line), 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Golden State took a 83-81 lead into the fourth quarter. Though the game remained tight the last 12 minutes, Cleveland never led for more than 17 seconds.
Game 4 will be on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena, where LeBron James and the Cavs will try avert a sweep and end King James reign in Cleveland. I am not sure if this Cleveland team has the talent to prevent a sweep.