The reigning National Basketball Association champions earned that opportunity by taking a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Finals over host Cleveland with a 110-102 victory in Game 3 on Wednesday night.
LeBron and the Cavaliers made their push in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors scored on their final six possessions of the game and it summed up the night: Curry wide-open lay-up, Curry open three, Andre Iguodala dunk, Durant three, Draymond Green dunk, and then eventually a couple of Curry free throws.
Having similarly delivered at this stage a year ago, Durant has spent the last 12 months dodging questions about whether he will ever top his 2017 display, and he now plans to do the same when asked to analyse his latest performance.
And the tally was James' 17 wins to Durant's four, including a lopsided 2012 championship series in which James got his first title and Finals MVP.
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In Game 3 of the Finals a year ago in the same building, Durant hit a deep 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 3-0 series lead.
When it comes to pure talent, James admits the Warriors have more than the Cavaliers, but notes the Cavs have played them tight to the final minutes in two of the three losses.
"When a guy like Kevin Durant is hitting these shots, it's a joy to watch". In nine home games, James is averaging an absurd 38.1 points per game, while shooting just over 40 per cent from beyond the arc.
This is the great thing about Golden State's looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title for a third time in the last four years. Golden State would hold on for a momentum-switching victory and 3-0 series lead.
LeBron, now second-running with 85 3-pointers, is also still playing in the Finals, although its hard to imagine him retaking the record considering that Curry is a far more prolific outside shooter. They played in Finals games and guarded each other in vital moments.
Durant went to the University of Texas, and you could call the school "butt", since in 2017, it came in at 9th in the BIG 12. After Curry had a big Game 2 with 33 points, Game 3 was Durant's turn.
"They are going to come out with a flurry", Durant said. "I just wanted to hear what they were talking about". "I've just got stay locked in".