LeBron James and Co lead 113-111 with 1

"I want to win just as bad as they do and obviously they probably got a bad taste in their mouth after what happened last year and we had one in our mouth last year from what happened the year before", James said. The Cavaliers, however, are a beaten team. Durant's seven straight points - which included the go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left - were sandwiched between four points from Curry, accounting for 11 unanswered points for the Warriors.

"I gave everything I had tonight", James said. James asked at Wednesday's morning shootaround in advance of Game 3. Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith, right, works for a rebound against Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) during the second half in Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The local fans have never seen Kevin Durant win a game in Cleveland when LeBron James was on the Cavaliers.

Unless the Cavs somehow come back from being down 3-0, that ice-in-his-veins 3-pointer from Durant will be enough for him to shed the Mr. "I'm pretty good, I would think". They don't summarize the historic swing in this game, from just another case of home teams holding serve to the Warriors capturing their record-setting 15th consecutive victory in the postseason, on the brink of completing the first 16-0 playoff run in National Basketball Association history. Force them into outside shots, if you can.

But the Warriors not only absorbed the first punch, they countered with a haymaker.

The cold facts don't capture the way Durant silenced a sellout crowd that was tantalized by the possibility of the Cavaliers pulling to within a game of tying the series.

Crisis averted. Until the final three minutes, when the Cavs couldn't score and couldn't stop Durant.

Besides Kyrie Irving, LeBron James got no help from his supporting cast. By the time the quarter was over the Warriors led 39-31.

The Cavs were up 108-102 with 5:29 left in the fourth after Irving drove, scored and converted a three-point play.

Still, Lue, the Cavs' cool-under-pressure coach, believes his team can equal the Warriors' frenetic pace and flip the script as it did in 2016.

While James and Irving carried the mail for Cleveland, the three-point shot remained a mystery for the Cavaliers in the second quarter, as they converted only two of their 10 looks from long distance.

James made two free throws 12 seconds later to put the Cavs up three. James was peeled off the court, went to the bench for a timeout, and hit an and-one layup on the next play. Kyle Korver, an open 3 in the corner. Golden State has scored 126 per game on almost 52 percent shooting over the last five games. "I don't want to relax".

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant told ABC's Doris Burke. "So I'm just mentally strengthening my mind and getting my mind ready and focused on what tomorrow's going to bring, and so I look forward to it".

  • Julie Sanders