Durant is averaging 34 points, 10 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Finals, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players with at least 25 points in their first eight Finals games.
"I look at it as we lost the Finals, but we ended up with KD", Green said. They are 15-0 and will trying to finish the NBA's first ideal postseason with a victory over Cleveland on Friday in Game 4. Curry, victor of the last two MVP awards, is fully healthy after struggling through last year's Finals.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, who signed with Golden State last summer to win a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth.
The strong performance of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the NBA Finals has overshadowed the continued consistent play of the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James.
Golden State's flawless postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles.
LeBron James has made it a regular practice to shatter playoff records so far in this postseason. Many basketball pundits at the time said the Spurs played almost ideal basketball.
With less than two minutes left, the Warriors trailed by four and their ideal playoffs were in peril. "Tomorrow's another important opportunity for us and for myself, obviously, to continue the series", said James, who had a game-high 39 points in the game-three loss. It wasn't our smartest game that we have played all year, but it was maybe our toughest in terms of our ability to just hang in there. Golden State F Kevin Durant is fifth on that list at $60.6 million, and Warriors G Stephen Curry is eighth at $47.3 million. "You can tell, he knows this is his moment". Their situations are different - James never joined a team as strong as these Warriors - but he said he's proud of Durant's success and understands why moving to a team like the Warriors was so attractive.
"It's not done", Durant said. Kyrie Irving had 38 points while J.R. Smith added 16. He now has scored 30-plus in all three games of the Finals. After a timeout, the Cavaliers drew up a play to get LeBron James a corner 3.
Trailing 67-61 at the half, the Cavaliers won the third quarter, 33-22. but they were outscored 29-19 in the final 12 minutes. "So, we made enough plays tonight to still win the ballgame, but they made a couple more".