CLEVELAND -- The Warriors are one win away from sweeping their way to back-to-back championships, and for that they can thank Kevin Durant.
Durant delivered 43 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday night to lift the Warriors to a 110-102 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and can close it out with a win in Game 4 on Friday. No team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit.
The Warriors survived subpar offensive performances from Klay Thompson (10 points, 4-of-11 shooting) and Stephen Curry (11 points, 3-of-16) but got 10 points apiece from Draymond Green, JaVale McGee and Jordan Bell.
Thompson was struggling with his offense. Curry was struggling mightily with his offense. Durant did not struggle. He had everybody's back.
Durant's line: 43 points (15-of-23 from the field, 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, 7-of-7 from the line), 13 rebounds and seven assists. He played 43 minutes and was a team-best plus-15.
When the Cavaliers went up 61-54 on a 3-point play by LeBron James with 11:38 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-3 run -- in the process taking their first lead, 63-61, on a pair of free throws by Curry -- to go up 69-64 on a Draymond Green layup with 7:44 left in the quarter.
The Warriors took an 83-81 lead into the fourth quarter. Though the game remained tight over the final 12 minutes, Cleveland never led for more than 17 seconds.
Warriors: G/F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff.
Cavaliers: No injuries listed.
Game 4 is scheduled for Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m. Pacific, with postgame coverage immediately after the final horn. Tipoff of the ABC telecast is set for 6:05.
|Game 1||Warriors 124, Cavs 114 (OT)|
|Game 2||Warriors 122, Cavs 103|
|Game 3||Warriors 110, Cavs 102|
|Game 4||Cleveland -- Friday, June 8 at 6pm|
|Game 5||Oakland -- Monday, June 11 at 6pm|
|Game 6||Cleveland -- Thursday, June 14 at 6pm|
|Game 7||Oakland -- Sunday, June 17 at 5pm|