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LeBron James destroys Kevin Durant with transition slam

11 June 2017, 10:22 | Candice Butler

Having beaten Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals to register their 15th straight win in the NBA Play-offs, Warriors can become the only team in the history of the league to remain undefeated in the Play-offs should they win Game 4 on Friday.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kevin Durant drained the shot of his professional life - a 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left - and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. "It did take a little bit of time, but for the most part their talents fit together pretty naturally".

LeBron refused to buy into the notion that he was tired even though Kerr told he players to keep attacking because eventually James and Irving would tire.

No team has ever recovered from the 3-0 deficit facing the Cavaliers this year.

LeBron James had stuffed another playoff game full of his usual brilliance.

Steve Kerr hasn't talked to any of the old-timers who say their teams would have beaten his Golden State Warriors. James and Irving were spectacular - finishing with 39 and 38 points, respectively - but they had to be just for Cleveland to stay in the game.

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James knows his team have to play a ideal game on Friday or else they will be on the wrong end of a historic playoff run. And James has once again been criticized for not being more aggressive late in Game 3, when he made a pass to Kyle Korver.

After playing the entire second quarter, LeBron finished the half with 27 points (11-of-14 FG, 3-of-5 3PT), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes. "I think that was a much tougher transition because you're talking about two guys who generally in their careers to that point had been kind of point forward types, neither one was really a 3-point shooter at the time".

The Cavaliers, on their home court for the first time in the series, led 113-107 with three minutes to go after swingman JR Smith knocked down a pivotal triple, but they proved to be the home team's last points of the night. We will never know if the Warriors would have gone on to win the championship if Iguodala had made his shot in Game 7 a year ago, when the Warriors were in the same kind of late-game freefall the Cavs were in late Wednesday night in Cleveland. But just like the first two blowouts, the final scores don't matter in a series, just the results. There can't just be a 10-0 run (like at the end of the first quarter in Game 3 when LeBron sat), which forces Lue to bring him back quickly.

"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Kyrie Irving's 40 points led the Cavs.

Curry and Durant knocked down two free throws each as the Cavaliers failed to intentionally foul the Warriors' worse shooters, and the game was down.



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