LeBron alley-oops slam dunk off backboard in NBA Finals

NBA Finals 2018 Game 3: Start Time, Live Stream Info, TV Channel For Warriors vs. Cavaliers

Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win. They won a title together over the Warriors in 2016, but that was before Golden State landed Durant.

"You can never count out a champion, no matter what's going on in the course of their season", Cleveland star LeBron James said, lauding the Warriors. The Cavaliers kept him to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, leaving Durant to pick up the slack.

The embattled Cavs crumbled in Game 3, letting Durant drop 43 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists on their home floor, including a long dagger triple from the same spot that also buried them previous year. He added 10 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double, his fourth of the playoffs.

As disappointing as it is to admit, it's starting to become evident that the Cleveland Cavaliers' season is going to most likely end in another NBA Finals defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala all got hurt.

This will go down as a signature game for Durant, who's on the cusp of winning his second National Basketball Association championship in as many seasons with the Warriors.

We will see if the Cavs take a more cerebral approach to a must-win Game 4 in front of their home fans. The Warriors haven't been at their absolute best in this series but they proved they can still win even if Curry shoots one of 10 from the three-point line.

Despite the magnitude of his 3-pointer, Durant acted like he had been there before, bypassing a celebration for a stone face.

One Cavaliers player was thinking back on that deal after the team's loss on Wednesday night to put them in a 3-0 hole.

"You definitely tip your hat", James said. "He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there". Curry has set a plethora of three-point records, both from a cumulative perspective and from an individual game perspective.

"It wasn't just the number of points", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "I really think Fiz can get in his ear and make that happen".

Considering that fact, statements made by James on Thursday morning offered a pretty legitimate cause for concern regarding James' uncertain future in Cleveland.

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