"The shot clock was running down and I was pretty far out", Durant said of his game-winning shot on ABC in a postgame interview with Doris Burke. Slip. Dunk. We're not pressuring the ball. The Warriors felt it was a unsafe play. It was clear during that game that if the Cavs are to stand any chance against the Warriors, they'll need James to be super-human and take it upon himself to carry a significant scoring load in the series.
The Cavs kept the game close through most of the fourth quarter.
Stephen Curry, who missed 13 of his first 14 shots, conncted on a layup and 3-pointer back-to-back to give Golden State the lead for good.
"Just got to be better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said tersely when asked about the defensive issues. "But I thought our guys did a great job of fighting and sticking to the game plan outside of a couple breakdowns here and there". "I didn't want to run in there and shoot a bad shot.so I made a decision to shoot it from there and it felt good leaving my hands". "But we've got to do a better job on KD".
According to ESPN Stats and Info, James' triple-double is the 10th of his NBA Finals career, the first player ever to have that many in this stage of the season. The Cavaliers had that tonight, with Kevin Love working well in the post and finishing with 20 points.
James was fantastic, again: 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
The two were not terribly efficient, but still shot 46.3 percent from the field.
Curry, sharp-shooting Klay Thompson, fiery Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala make up an All-Star-studded squad trying to repeat after James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the defending champs. But Hood re-emerged on Wednesday, posting 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
"That is the kind of stuff that we can't have, especially with a team that is desperate". He had 24 points, eight rebounds in the first half. But this time around, in order to keep their championship-winning team intact, Durant agreed to a almost $10 million pay cut ahead of the season. Three of the Cavs' wins over them in this arena have been by more than 30 points and in only one of them was the margin of victory less than nine. Smith? He had three points in the second half. Larry Nance made one of two free throws to tie it, followed by Shaun Livingston's made jumper to go up two, which Hood followed with another bucket to re-tie the game. The Cavaliers would lose the series in five games.
Durant hit an absurdly long three-pointer with less than a minute left to give Golden State a six-point lead, part of his 43-point, 13-rebound performance.
Of course, after running through the checklist of phenomena required to beat the Warriors, it just still might not be enough. The Cavaliers had the hottest first quarter in Finals history previous year, scoring a record 49 points.
One of the themes of these NBA Finals has been that LeBron James hasn't gotten enough help from his teammates. I was like yelling the wrong thing. I saw a different perspective just being out and how to deal with it. They got a little of both. I'm not sure what time I'll end up getting to bed.
But the biggest shot of the evening came with under a minute left. "I was locked in every game like I was playing".