Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

LeBron James Cavs Raptors Game 2 2017

LeBron James Cavs Raptors Game 2 2017

The Golden State Warriors can make history Friday night if they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the National Basketball Association championship. Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath.

The Warriors had swept their first three postseason series, dominated the Cavs for much of the first three games and were 48 minutes away from a title they've coveted for a year. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Warriors won, 118-113.

Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.

Golden State's ideal postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles. When they met last summer in NY to discuss the biggest decision of his career, neither side even focused on winning titles. They had the high-flying Warriors in an 18-point deficit and had won every statistical category.

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

"I think it's just part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty", James said on Thursday.

The top-seeded and undefeated Warriors, who can close out a ideal postseason run on Friday, boast a slew of weapons, most notably two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry and four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant. They have three more chances ahead of them, sure, but sitting on a 3-1 lead against this Cleveland team might not feel all that reassuring. He loves to play basketball, and loved the way the Warriors play it. "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better". "I didn't talk to these guys when I made my decision and say we better make it to the Finals and be up in the series around this time, this exact date, or I'm not coming".

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What's happened is probably beyond what either even imagined. That gave the Warriors a lead they held the rest of the way.

The Cavaliers, who a year ago made an unprecedented rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat the Warriors, were physical right from the opening tip in what was easily the most emotionally-charged game of the series.

In his postgame interview, he used the word "liberating" to describe the shot, the moment. "He's been an wonderful player in this league for a long time, and he senses this is his time, his moment, his team".

Q: Coach Kerr said he kept telling his players they're going to run out of gas, they're going to run out of gas, stay with it. They're a juggernaut of a team, do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo, and just made some big-time plays down the stretch. He just had to come in and just do what he had to do.

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.

Game Five will be played Monday in Oakland. "I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

They very easily could be playing for a third straight championship. "And it fits. They fit like a hand in a glove". A few plays here and there that I wish that we all could take back, a few missed communications and stuff like that that obviously we want to limit.

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