LeBron James likens Golden State Warriors to New England Patriots

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It may have felt a bit too close to call up until the final minutes, but, in the end, the Golden State Warriors continued with tradition last night and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in OH to now lead the 2018 NBA Finals 3-0.

"I don't want to downplay anything but I don't want to act like this is the end of the road", Durant said.

"Holding Steph to 11 points and Klay to 10, you would think you would win that game".

"I always wanted to be here", Love said.

The Golden State Warriors can win their third championship in the last four years with a victory here.

"For me, tonight will be tough", James said. "We had our chances".

The Brewers considered staying, but the team's travel plans to Philadelphia were already set and the players were going to convene at their hotel to watch the game.

The shot resembled the dagger three-pointer he hit in Game 3 of last year's Finals.

"No, that wasn't the same shot", James said when asked to compare Durant's 3 to last year's. James and Kevin Love looked stunned by Durant's shot and sounded resigned during their postgame news conferences. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 24.7 points and 5.5 assists.

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue could only marvel at the similar circumstances. The result was a lay-up line for the Warriors - they had 37 shots at the rim in the game. "So, you know, kind of like he did previous year". The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine home games. But with just under three minutes left, the Warriors started to take control.

On nights like Wednesday, when Curry was mostly awful, Durant can play the one-on-one style that not long ago had some analysts briefly questioning his future in Golden State.

Kerr added: "His [Durant's] overall game tonight was, I mean, ridiculous". In a Q. and A. with The Times, Bryant said "I don't understand how, in order to talk about how great LeBron is we need to [expletive] on everybody else".

James landed badly going for a rebound early in the second quarter and limped on his right ankle, but the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player kept playing and helped keep the Cavaliers in contention in the second half.

"Now everyone is trying to figure that out, to put together that talent and those minds", James said. "But I'll be in the lineup on Friday". "We've got a lot of guys who can play, and they're all chipping in". "And then he was the story in the second half as well, closing it out".

In Game 3 of the Finals a year ago in the same building, Durant hit a deep 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 3-0 series lead. The Warriors guard felt Perkins, who did not move from his seat, should have made an attempt to get out of the way following Curry's wild 3-point attempt prior to the buzzer.

Players, coaches and even opponents rave about how he makes the Warriors better with his decision-making and how he's a calming influence on the floor.

In a game in which Durant was forced to shoulder much of the scoring load because his teammates couldn't shoot, and LeBron James was his usual self but got major contributions from the guys who had done very little in Oakland, it was the Golden State Warriors who outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers by a 110-102 score.

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