NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

It meant nothing. Golden State counts Kevin Durant as a sidekick. The only thing that matters is that Golden State has assembled a team that no one can beat - at the very least, no team as now assembled can beat them in a seven-game series.

So that's history. But even if they lose Game 4 to LeBron James & Co., the Warriors will make more money by playing a fifth game at home and even a seventh game should Cleveland mount an unlikely, miraculous comeback.

With Draymond Green leading the defensive effort, it was impossible for the Cavaliers, who looked lost with LeBron James on the bench for even a few minutes.

Not the one as National Basketball Association champions.

The Lakers' 15-1 playoff run in 2001 is the best playoff record by any National Basketball Association champion but could be eclipsed by Golden State, a club Lue struggled to compare to his former team. The Golden State Warriors will attempt to become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated throughout the NBA Playoffs.

But that didn't stop Smith's account from posting a tweet that the Cavaliers will actually come back to win this series in seven games.

LeBron James had stuffed another play-off game full of his usual brilliance.

It's easy to say this was exactly what Durant, a former MVP and four-time scoring champ, envisioned when he made the career-altering decision to sign with Golden State.

"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team", he said.

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"It's very tough. When you have a great team, you have opportunities to do things like that", Lue said. These aptly named Warriors spent the last two months building big leads, then Wednesday wiped out a late deficit. "I've played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower. Another challenge for us, another challenge for us to get better and go against a great team", he said.

The NBA's best postseason run is the 15-1 mark of the 2001 Lakers, while the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers went 12-1.

But Durant's three-point dagger over James was precisely the type of play the Warriors must have had in mind when they signed him last July in hopes of avenging their NBA Finals loss to the Cavs a year ago. They're one win away from the NBA's first 16-0 postseason.

"But that (Warriors) team, they knew what they were about". "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".

"It's a dramatic situation to be in", James said. "For us, with the Lakers, we just had two dynamic pieces, two of the best players in the world at the time with Kobe and Shaq".

In addition to Durant, the Warriors got double-digit production from point guard Stephen Curry, who scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with six assists and two steals, while shooting guard Klay Thompson knocked down six triples on his way to 30 markers.

For all the talk of Golden State being hungry to avenge last year's Finals collapse, Durant may be the hungriest.

"We witnessed a closing game by Kevin Durant that you can't prepare for", he said. That's not enough against the star-studded Warriors, and the burden was too much in the end. Barring something drastic, they will likely continue to be the favorite for many years to come.

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