Durant's 43 pushes Cleveland to brink of elimination

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Down 0-2 in the ongoing 2018 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers are back on their home ground - the Quicken Loans Arena - and take on a rampaging Golden State Warriors in the third final here.

In Game 3, Cleveland led most of the way and trailed by one point with under two minutes remaining, but a Kevin Durant 33-foot bomb created separation for the Warriors.

James has done almost everything for the Cavs, averaging 40 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists through the first two Finals games.

Wednesday night's Game 3 of the NBA Finals was the 100th playoff game of Draymond Green's tenure with Golden State.

The Cavaliers took a gamble by playing Hood - who had barely played against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals or in their first two Finals games - in place of the cold-shooting Jordan Clarkson, and Hood, for the most part, paid dividends.

However, Golden State clawed its way back.

"The thing that's mind boggling is, the Cleveland Cavaliers - how do you not win this game when Steph going into the fourth quarter has only made one basket?" Durant scored 43 points while bringing down 13 rebounds and recording seven assists. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".

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"That was awesome what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters.

Cleveland did what it had been saying it would do for two days - come out better on home court - and the Cavs led for the entire first half, thanks in part to awful shooting from the Warriors. "So I was definitely excited", said the 29-year-old Durant.

The Cavs had every chance to win Game 1, but couldn't close the deal after a controversial overturned call, a missed free throw by George Hill, and a historic blunder by J.R. Smith.

"We're still in the NBA Finals", Smith said.

Curry finished with 11 points on three-of-16 shooting, while he was one-for-10 from three-point range. "[That's why they] went out and got KD, to where there's really not much pressure on - you know, I won't say "any of them" to score, but if one of them has a bad game, they have three or four guys that can actually pick up the load". But at the same time I knew the game wasn't over. He logged another triple-double with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

"It's a different game, different season", Durant said. "We've got a lot of guys who can play, and they're all chipping in". His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed.

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