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Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Kevin Durant names his top two players ever and neither of them are LeBron James

He's not conceding. But he is clearly tipping his cap to the Warriors, his nemesis in each of the last four Junes and a team that's one win shy of beating him in three of those series.

It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley. But we should probably go back to Kevin Durant, shouldn't we?

As always Durant stayed cool. "And he was standing over my leg and I don't understand what people want me to do. I think everybody gets excited for the small parts of the game, and Steph is one of those guys that just brings that joy".

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue could only marvel at the similar circumstances.

"No, not at all", he said.

"I got the Cavs winning", Brown said.

The Warriors don't want the déjà vu of losing in Game 4.

"That wasn't the same shot", James said. While the Warriors won the championship in 2015 and 2017, Cavaliers triumphed in 2016. The NBA All-Star, who is averaging 31.7 points in the Finals, would prefer to grab the broom than to give the all-world James an opportunity to make more history.

Where things go on Friday night when the Warriors and the Cavs hit the court in the Forest City for Game 4 of this year's Finals is TBD but we know for sure the expectations will be sky-high for Durant after last night's stunning performance.

"It's tough because that is what you pray for, [Curry and Thompson] missing like that", Cavs guard JR Smith said.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played about as well as they can in this year's NBA Finals. To end the first half, he made a 34-foot 3-pointer to trim the deficit to six after the Cavaliers held a 13-point advantage.

Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line.

These Cavs can't figure it out. Wednesday's culprit was Kevin Durant, the superstar forward who signed with the Warriors before last season with the hope of creating a dynasty.

Of Durant's 43-points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in Golden State's 110-102 victory, Perkins told ESPN, "Man, KD".

Durant's last basket was eerily like a 3-pointer he made late in game three a year ago against the Cavs that clinched a Golden State victory. He has taken Cleveland to the NBA Finals now five times, and this now looks certain to be his fourth loss in those.

"He hit that dagger 3 previous year, except maybe 5 feet closer".

"The margin of error is very low", James said. "He's an assassin and that was one of those assassin plays right there".

Two games into the NBA Finals it's clear that, as we knew all along, the Cleveland Cavaliers are no match for the talent-rich Golden State Warriors.

James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually - camouflage trousers, purple hoodie, "Billionaire Boys Club" baseball cap - than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason. "It feels good to play well, but at the same time we need to get the one game two days from now".

The Warriors had other plans.

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