Warriors’ Kevin Durant answers his hecklers: ‘That’s just pure ignorance’

He was referring to Durant's clutch 3-pointer during the Warriors' 118-113 victory over the host Cavaliers in Game 3 of last year's Finals.

"I mean, it's nearly like playing the [New England] Patriots", James said. "We had our chances". Hood only played four minutes in the first two games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals, and it was thanks to a masterful performance from Kevin Durant.

"Kevin was the story in the first half, just keeping us in it", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".

He was amused earlier in this series by a question that suggested the defining moment of his career was the 3-pointer in Game 3 last season.

"For me, tonight will be tough", James said.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue could only marvel at the similar circumstances. "I started asking for more of them, and I was able to knock down some shots for us". The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine home games.

"You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there", he said. Three. Point switching. We didn't come together on [defensive] switching. After Golden State had raced out to a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals, it looked like the Cavs would need either a hot shooting night or for the Warriors to suddenly go cold from deep. "Just to put a dagger in them like that, it was a huge shot". Whenever the Warriors needed a bucket, it seemed they could get one at the rim (or just throw the ball to KD).

One thing was the same in the early-going: James was a monster, with six points and five assists in the first quarter, punctuated by the off-the-backboard dunk that is normally only attempted in an All-Star Game or a dunk contest.

"It was nearly like I was cussing him out, but I was so happy", Green said. "But I'll be in the lineup on Friday".

Check out some footage from the post-game press conference below. "And Kevin was the story in the second half, closing it out".

But the Warriors - despite not shooting well from the three-point line - used inside scoring to take the lead. The Warriors guard felt Perkins, who did not move from his seat, should have made an attempt to get out of the way following Curry's wild 3-point attempt prior to the buzzer. Steph was three for 16, one for 10, but as usual he hit a big one. No other Warriors player, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson included, scored more than 11 points or made more than five field goals.

There's still a long way to go until the Cavaliers are back to contending against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, but plays like this certainly give Cavaliers fans hope that the series is not over yet. He suffered a bruised right leg in the second quarter but returned in the fourth quarter.

  • Stacy Allen