Kevin Durant Explains Stone-Cold Glare After Drilling Dagger 3 Vs. Cavaliers

Ross Houston
June 8, 2018

In Game 3 of the 2017 Finals, which the Warriors closed on an 11-0 run to win 118-113 and take an identical 3-0 lead, Durant hit a 26-foot 3 from the left wing with 45 seconds left to give Golden State the lead for good. Durant continuously made timely, momentum-stopping shots.

If you were wondering why Golden State sent it four best players to the Hamptons to recruit Kevin Durant two summers ago, Wednesday night in the NBA Finals was Exhibit A.

"That was incredible what he did out there tonight", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr of Durant. Golden State lead the final series 3-0.

James set an early tone barely two minutes into the contest with an awesome dunk with an assist from the backboard. "You can't have miscommunication, you can't have lulls, you can't have "my faults" or "my bads" or things like that because they're going to make you pay... so the room for error is you just can't have it".

Durant is coming off a brilliant performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

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After some contentious calls in the first two games, the official Twitter account of the National Basketball Association referees tweeted during game three to confirm James' pass to himself off the backboard was legal. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year. Durant finished with seven assists, 13 rebounds and a playoff career-high 43 points en route to the Warriors' 110-102 victory. "I guess because you are comfortable", he said. The one league where you should read into everything that's said, tweeted, and liked. "I just know it's going to happen". He thought Curry's lone 3-pointer in 10 tries - one that put the Warriors up by four with 2:38 remaining - carried more weight, and he might have been right.

The resigned look on LeBron James' face spoke volumes as Game 2 of the NBA Finals wound down.

Durant, who is on the brink of winning his second consecutive title with the Golden State Warriors, is expected to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Cavaliers, sparked by reserve Rodney Hood, closed to 83-81 entering the fourth quarter and battled the Warriors into the final seconds. His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed. Kevin Durant. You've got two guys with MVPs on their team. "I think everybody gets excited for the small parts of the game, and Steph is one of those guys that just brings that joy".

But the Warriors fought back into it, with Durant hitting a variety of impossible-to-defend jumpers, and it was a one-point game with six minutes to go.

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