NBA Finals Game 3 Player Ratings: Durant and LeBron trade stellar performances


Playing the role of LeBron James on Wednesday night was Kevin Durant.

Curry dazzled in outduelling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an National Basketball Association finals-record nine three-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday for 2-0 lead. In NBA playoff history, teams down 3-0 are 0-131. The King had also 10 rebounds and 11 assists, but the Cavs have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged.

Cleveland did what it had been saying it would do for two days - come out better on home court - and the Cavs led for the entire first half, thanks in part to awful shooting from the Warriors. The mystery is gone, and Golden State - which hasn't lost four consecutive games in the same season since 2013, back when Mark Jackson was coaching the Warriors instead of calling their games on ABC and ESPN - needs only to avoid an apocalyptic collapse to win their third title in four years. They got a little of both.

The Warriors might be massive favorites in this series, but James isn't going to go down without a fight.

James has always expressed his ability to trust his teammates and has constantly preached that the Cavs would be sitting at home if they did not play as a team.

The Cavs have made clear that they're not quitting on Smith.

The Raptors' oh-fer here doesn't even quite explain the level of dominance. It's hard to believe they won't be back for more, and more after that. After they wasted a 51-point effort by James - with a reversed official's call, missed free throw by George Hill and bone-headed move from J.R. Smith - and let Game 1 slip away in overtime, and following Stephen Curry's 3-point barrage in Game 2, the Cavs are faced with the reality that their season, odd as it has been to this point, is in serious jeopardy.

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He showed signs in the first quarter of being able to come back to the party but it still doesn't look like he's recovered from his Game 1 mistake.

Love was much better at home finishing with a double-double of 20 points, 13 boards.

The NBA Finals won't be making a return trip to Cleveland. The rims are supposed to be the same, but the results are quite different. "I guess because you are comfortable", he said. "He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there".

JaVale McGee scored six points and Durant added five in a 15-3 Golden State run early in the third quarter that produced the Warriors' first lead and saw it grow to a team-best 69-64.

Curry's scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn't play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket.

Curry had 11 points while McGee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Jordan Ball all had 10 for the Warriors. Durant was 3-for-4 on three-pointers, the rest of his team was 1-for-10 from distance in the half. We should still be uncomfortable with the series, as we were in game one and as we were tonight.