LeBron James played an all-time Finals game and lost

LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge.

So focused are the Golden State Warriors on not repeating the mistakes that cost them last year's National Basketball Association (NBA) championship that they have not even discussed their shot at becoming the first team to go undefeated throughout the play-offs.

One of the options Lue has heading into Wednesday's Game 3 is to bench struggling starting guard JR Smith for Iman Shumpert, who played well defensively in Game 2 but wore himself out guarding Durant and needed IV fluids afterward. He didn't catch fire past year until Game 3.

Cleveland took a 113-107 lead on J.R. Smith's three-pointer with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter, but Golden State finished the game on an 11-0 run. Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in. "I mean, who am I to say if it's fair or not?"

In his 10-year NBA career, Durant proved that he one of the best basketball players on the planet.

"This is most firepower I've played against in my carer", said James. "It happens. It's sports".

For now, the No. 2 record is owned by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 81-16.

The Golden State Warriors will be at Quicken Loans Arena tonight for Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State small forward Kevin Durant had zero interest in contesting James when he elevated above the rim.

It would have been understandable if James had been dour given that his hopes to win a fourth title and second straight with Cleveland evaporated in the closing minutes of Game 3.

The Heat rolled past the Celtics 98-79 to tie the series at 3-3 and eventually eliminated Boston in Game 7.

But except for an exaggerated yawn before taking the first question, James was upbeat, satisfied that he has done everything within his power to slow the Warriors, who have toyed with the field for weeks.

It would help if the Cavaliers avoid giving up a ton of points in the first quarter. At that time, it felt like a title was far away for James.

Sometimes, the other team is just better. Blown out in the first two games, the Cavaliers were much better in Game 3, but just not good enough to beat a team that could go down as one of the best ever.

Kevin Love shot a miserable 1-of-9 (9 points), but he led the Cavs with 13 rebounds and six steals. "I don't want to relax". But the suggestion that perhaps he was looking exhausted, particularly at the end of three quarters in Game 2 apparently got through to James who was ready to when the subject was raised again at shootaround on Wednesday in advance of Game 3.

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