But the celebration only lasted but a short time before Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors.
James made a layup to pull the Cavs within four, it was too little too late as the Warriors closed it out and beat Cleveland for the fourth straight time in finals games. "We were ultra-aggressive in that first half, myself included". He would finish with 13 rebounds and seven assists in what was one of his best performances in his short Warriors career.
"We bring the best out of each other when it comes to what our strengths are". That was fantastic what he did out there tonight. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". If Curry has an off night, the Warriors still have Thompson.
"Me and my brother, we always - growing up shooting and playing, we always said you've got to make your last shot before you leave the gym", Curry said. "I think being able to play off of each other definitely helps". We're all grown men. "It's kind of insane seeing him [Bell] out there, it's like, dang, he was just in college last year, rookie year, already in the finals, and he's getting minutes". While he was good on offense, he was a liability on defense and was regularly taken advantage of by the Cavs. Jordan played in 35 Finals games while averaging 33.6 points, 6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 43 minutes played per game.
Golden State will look to close out the series on Saturday with Game 4 taking place at 11am AEST from Cleveland.
While the Warriors heated up, Curry stayed frigid. Through the third quarter, Curry was just 1-for-13 from the floor including 0-for-8 from behind the three-point arc - all of this coming just one game after Curry set the NBA Finals record with nine three-pointers.
They did not. And it was because Durant wasn't just his best self on Wednesday night. Steph was 3-for-16, 1-for-10, but as usual he hit a big one. "Yeah, it's pretty nice, a pretty nice luxury as a coach, that's for sure".
Golden State's style of play is both carefree and careless, and straddling that balance while finding a way to continue winning has proven to be the self-imposed obstacle that drives them. Game three looks to be a big determination on where the series goes.
And Durant worked them with cruel efficiency.
Then came the expected third quarter Warriors run - up-tempo play, some threes raining down, the layup line continued, and the Warriors had an 11-point third quarter lead at one point that shrunk to eight by the end of the quarter, but that was enough to have the Warriors up 83-81. They took a 122-103 victory. We could talk about him all night.
The 15-year veteran also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for sole possession of the fourth-most playoff games played in National Basketball Association history.
The bathroom break may have served as a chance for Curry to catch his breath in what is one of his worst games in years. "That was kind of like a dagger shot". That momentum started when we had a stop first.
If it's possible to make this series competitive, James must find more scoring support.
I do love the premise, by the way.
That's when Durant rose up once more.