CLEVELAND - Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala scored eight points and recorded a key thundering dunk down the stretch Wednesday night in his winning NBA Finals debut in Game 3 after missing six games with a bone bruise around his left knee.
With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.
During that same time, Love lead the Cavs with 15 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James had 14 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.
Durant's 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting led the way. He can create shots out of nothing and make it look routine.
Durant had 11 points in the run and grabbed all seven Golden State rebounds in the opening quarter. They lead 58-52 at the half.
"There's a good chance he'll play", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said at the morning shoot-around.More news: People are literally queueing around the block for the Nigeria kit launch
Calling Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals important for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be an understatement.
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. "I finally got Game 1 out of my head".
One of the themes of these NBA Finals has been that LeBron James hasn't gotten enough help from his teammates. The Cavaliers need to do some serious soul searching before tonight's game if they want to come out with a win.
Game 3 had the start the Cavaliers dreamed of - Love hits a three, J.R. Smith hits a three, more importantly the Cavaliers corralled three offensive rebounds and forced three Warriors turnovers. The NBPA announced their fourth annual Players' Voice Awards at 10:46 p.m. ET, during the third quarter of Game 3 of The Finals ... a fantastic game, by the way.
Curry had 11 points while McGee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Jordan Ball all had 10 for the Warriors.
Brown, along with San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead actually took in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena, and while the result of the game wasn't the one No. 81 was looking for, he was impressed by the energy of the stadium.
"We've been very persistent and very resilient throughout this whole season, no matter what has been going on", James said. More thinking we haven't played that great and we're up one. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year.