Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kevin Durant held back from heckling Cleveland Cavaliers fan outside team hotel

Kevin Durant held back from heckling Cleveland Cavaliers fan outside team hotel

CLEVELAND - LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the most 30-point games in National Basketball Association playoff history by scoring 33 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 110-102 Game 3 Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

"That's the challenge right there", he said softly about the Warriors and their four stars: Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green.

For the Cleveland Cavaliers to win even a single game in the NBA Finals, they need a break to go their way.

"He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen", LeBron James said after Game 3. It was undoubtedly one of the greatest performances in Finals history, one in which Durant put his team on his back.

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"That wasn't the same shot", James told reporters in Cleveland. They're already more talented than you are.

The Warriors seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and by winning game four Friday would complete the first championship series sweep since Cleveland was blanked by San Antonio in 2007.

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As Curry and Thompson struggled with their three-point shooting early, Durant was unstoppable, using his long arms to shoot over the Cavs' defenders, nearly single-handedly keeping Golden State in the game at half-time when they trailed just 58-52. In sum, he scored a game-high 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field (including 6-of-9 from beyond the 3-point line), and collected 13 rebounds - and every single one for the Warriors in the first quarter. "I want to beat him, but he's just a motherfucker". The 3-0 deficit has, until now, been insurmountable in National Basketball Association playoff annals.

While Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins are no longer plying their trades on the same team, it seems they haven't lost any of their camaraderie from their time in Oklahoma City.

It was unclear, however, whether Iguodala can join Golden State's active roster in time for Game 3 at Cleveland on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

Curry called Durant's zone "supreme self confidence". "I've just got stay locked in".

"It's definitely a tough loss and we had our chances", James said. He rewarded Lue with 15 points and a strong game.

The Warriors celebrated their 2015 National Basketball Association championship on the Quicken Loans Arena floor, but it took them six games to do it. There are just 27 of them total outside of LeBron. They knew where Durant was trying to get to and when he would pull up, but their contests didn't matter.

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