Durant's shot sends perfect Warriors over Cavs in Finals

No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State previous year.

Durant drained the shot of his professional life - a 3-pointer over LeBron James with 45.3 seconds left - and scored 31 points as the Warriors, pushed harder than they have been throughout their pristine postseason, moved within one win of a title and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. But, if the Warriors can win on Friday and finish the postseason 16-0, they would have to be in the conversation for not only the greatest National Basketball Association team of all time, but the greatest team in all of sports.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.

They got support for the planet's greatest player, LeBron James, as Kyrie Irving arose with an electrifying 38 points.

"We have to come out with an unbelievable mindset, unbelievable focus like we have and limit some of the things they're comfortable at". Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

"It's obviously a dramatic situation to be in", James said. "And just we obviously - we want 16 wins; it doesn't matter how we get there".

"I've got to go home, get my mind focused and get my body focused for game four and we take it one possession at a time". James was an assist short of another triple-double in the finals with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. "I'm just trying to enjoy this moment, try not to look in the future or the past".

With 1:24 to play in the fourth, and with nearly everything breaking right in the second half, the Cavs were up four. And they both had plays in the final minute that will be remembered for not going their way.

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Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, "It's so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results". He delivered another performance that reminded everyone he remains the NBA's best player. "Even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus plus because they're going to make runs, they're going to make shots and they got guys who are going to make plays".

"You go against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it's definitely draining".

"I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we're getting ready for a juggernaut", James said.

He's just going up against a better team.

The Cavaliers were seemingly in control in the most competitive game of the series.

"I chose to stick with those guys, being at home, down 0-2".

Said James: "They made some shots and we didn't. I'm pretty good, I would think". They're playing at a high level.

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