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Warriors get past Cavs again in NBA Finals

A strong final-quarter performance has helped Golden State to a 118-113 win and a 3-0 NBA Finals series lead over Cleveland.

Warriors get past Cavs again in NBA Finals

A strong final-quarter performance has helped Golden State to a 118-113 win and a 3-0 NBA Finals series lead over Cleveland.

Kevin Durant has put the Golden State Warriors on the verge of becoming the first team to go through the NBA playoffs undefeated.

Durant again proved the difference as he nailed a three-pointer with 45.3 seconds left among his 31 points to help the Warriors to a 118-113 away win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.


The victory put the Warriors 3-0 up in the NBA Finals best-of-seven series and with 15 consecutive wins sets the longest playoff winning streak for any team in the four major US professional sports.

Golden State trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, who signed with the Warriors last year to win a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 points in the fourth.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net," said Durant of his late three-pointer which he shot over Cavs' star LeBron James.

"I've been working on that shot my whole life.

"To see that go in, that was liberating, man. We've got one more to go."

A win in game four on Friday night in Cleveland will see Golden State exorcise the haunting demons from last year when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.

No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Klay Thompson added 30 points and Stephen Curry 26 for a Warriors team now one win from their second title in three years.

James shook off an early knee-buckling blow to the chin and every Golden State shot while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on JR Smith's three-pointer.

Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his late shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors.

After the Warriors went up, Irving missed a three from his favourite spot on the right side and the Warriors closed it out with four free throws in the final 12.9 seconds before celebrating briefly on the floor and then charging towards their locker room.

James, who played 45 minutes, refused to blame fatigue for the Warriors' comeback.

"We missed shots," he said.

"I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was tired, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could.

"But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds. I don't contribute as losing this game because we got tired. We missed some shots, and they made some."

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