The Warriors trailed 58-52 at halftime, but without Durant putting on an offensive clinic, the Cavs certainly would have been up by double-digits.
LeBron James may be at the door.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but they'll have to do so with their backs against the walls down 0-2 in the series and in danger of falling 0-3 should they drop another one on Wednesday night.
It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley.
A Cavaliers fan flies his favorite team's colors proudly from his apartment balcony in San Francisco before Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
"I was definitely excited", said Durant, who tends to try and keep emotions to himself.
But the biggest shot of the evening came with under a minute left.
"No, not at all", he said of the comparison. Just to put a dagger in them like that, that was a huge shot.
There was nothing the Cavs could do.
"That margin for error is so little, so thin against them, I think in some cases you have to be flawless", Love said.
Kevin Love added 20 points for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged. LeBron James will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (237 games) for the fourth-most playoff games in National Basketball Association history.
"That's what championship teams do", James said. "You can't make mistakes". "They're going to make runs".
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The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season. He also contributed 13 rebounds and seven assists.
That team had a championship vibe.
Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. "We understand how hard it is to win in this building", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk. "We watched tape. We watched film and see the things that we can get better at, very minor things". "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I chose to pull up".
The Warriors became the first team in history to take a 3-0 lead in back-to-back Finals. The latest was the last round against Boston, when the Celtics won the first two games at TD Garden but James and the Cavaliers took the series in seven.
Will the outfit change help the Cavs get back on track? The Warriors inserted McGee into the starting lineup and reaped the rewards before Curry put on the finishing touches with a flurry in the fourth quarter.
James also made reference to Philly's bench. "We were ultra-aggressive in that first half, myself included". He wouldn't allow Cleveland to pull too far ahead and the superstar made up for an ineffective Curry. "I just internalize it a little bit as I get older a little bit more than I did as a younger player".
The Warriors had other plans.
Golden State's Draymond Green is about to break one of Wilt Chamberlain's records. "It was pretty reminiscent of previous year because it was nearly the same time in the game and hit an unbelievable shot". Green is second with 387, while James is third at 381. Both Embiid and Green are called for technical fouls.
Cavaliers: Kyle Korver continued to struggle.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Rodney Hood, who fell out of the rotation for good early in the conference finals, would get a chance in Game 3.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to hit the ground running after their demoralizing Game 1 loss but that just didn't happen. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances. He has not played since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Houston, and the Warriors have gone 4-2 since he got hurt. LeBron James had six points and five assists for the Cavaliers.