No questioning Durant's decision now as Warriors near title

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

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

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) reaches out to teammate LeBron James (23), who lay on the court after contact with the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland.

That move by the four-times scoring champion drew criticism as it came just weeks after the Warriors denied Durant and the Thunder a trip to last year's Finals by storming back from a 3-1 series deficit.

The Cavs put on a courageous face Thursday, a day after giving the Warriors their absolute best shot in every way but still lost, 118-113, in Game 3.

With that, James walked off the dais, ending a news conference in which he addressed the dawn of Golden State's dynasty, his future and criticism for a play late in Wednesday's loss.

Last year, the Cavaliers went 3-0 SU and ATS when facing elimination to come from behind to defeat the Warriors.

Kerr and the rest of the Golden State hierarchy knew exactly what they were getting after that successful pitch to then-free agent Durant in the Hamptons last July. Now at the brink of winning it all, as they have a 3-0 lead in the Finals, Green recalls the time he dialed Durant's number, and sees it as a turning point for him and their team. Green wasn't going to let his team blow another championship, let alone a playoff series ever again.

"Obviously it's working and we have to keep that keyhole mentality of: What's next?"

"I would love to put a dent in that record", he said.

Kevin Durant's three-game performance in the NBA Finals - he's averaging 34 points and 10 rebounds and hit the fourth-quarter 3-pointer that essentially ended the series last night - has made him the frontrunner for series MVP.

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"I think it was [that] we played a desperate team on their home floor, a great team, with great players, and they came out and handed it to us". Cleveland won Game 3 at home, lost Game 4 and then won the final three games - Game 7 in Oakland - to capture the city's first sports championship since 1964.

The Cavaliers actually had the highest-scoring trio on Wednesday night, thanks to a good game - finally - by J.R. Smith.

Love, James, Irving combined for only one less point in the first half than the entire Warriors squad. No one else has more than two. "I just didn't give it enough".

For the first time since 2007, LeBron James faces the possibility of being swept in the NBA Finals.

"Close-out games are always the hardest", Green said. Three of their best players were already drafted, so they were able to hold on to them because they own the Bird rights, if everybody knows the [collective bargaining agreement].

"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team", he said. So I don't want to relax or feel like it's over. However, for the two minutes James took to the bench, Cleveland went -12, squandering all chance of a series-changing victory.

Golden State clawed within seven, but then the Warriors began fouling and Kerr got nailed with his technical - one of seven in the game.

James made his first Finals appearance 10 years ago, when he and the Cavs were swept by San Antonio, which captured its third Larry O'Brien Trophy in a five-year span. Both teams responded. But in the final minute, James - perhaps the most fearsome player on the planet - found himself in an unusual position: helpless.

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