LeBron James praises Kevin Durant while throwing shade at the Trail Blazers


The defending champions became the first team in National Basketball Association history to hold a 3-0 advantage in back-to-back Finals.

His 43-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist performance is ideal for Basketball-Reference Play Index bingo. On a night when Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were held to 21 points on 7-for-27 shooting from the field, Durant sizzled with 43 points, including a dagger 3 with 49.8 seconds to play as the Warriors went to win Game 3, 110-102, at the Quicken Arena.

LeBron James posted another triple-double -- his fourth this postseason -- with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

His performance was remarkable in so many ways but the efficiency with which he scored against Cleveland's defensive pressure really stood out.

It was a friendly, yet appropriate gesture between former teammates and good friends off the court after Durant's memorable performance took down Perkins' Cavs and all but eliminated them from the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year. "He'a an assassin.His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed".

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Between his absurd shot-making and his incredible passing in this series, Durant's impact on the Warriors offense has been invaluable.

Trailing 0-2 from the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Cavs returned home hoping to claw their way back into the series.

Draymond Green and Stephen Curry are already under contract for next season. That's a decline of 45.9 points per 100 possessions from when he's been on the floor.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were given a awful sense of deja vu on Wednesday night as Kevin Durant broke their hearts in an nearly identical fashion for the second consecutive year.