He grinned wide and raised his eyebrows in awe at the magical sight, while Golden State Warriors players looked unimpressed beside him. One could imagine a world where James slots in right next to Green on the floor, and dips into his usage both as a playmaker and a defensive force flying all over the court. "I'm not surprised. I mean, no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway".
Meanwhile, like in the two prior games, James threw everything, including the kitchen sink, in a 33-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, but it just wasn't enough.
Golden State rallied to top Cleveland 110-102 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the finals, with a chance to clinch their second straight championship Friday when this series resumes.
Durant also added 13 rebounds and 7 assists, shouldering a massive load on a night when Curry and Klay Thompson were faltering. Some of them are the first in their families to go to college. The Warriors could be champions again as early as Friday night, and this crown - after experiencing plenty of turbulence this season - would most definitely be one to savor. The mystery is gone, and Golden State - which hasn't lost four consecutive games in the same season since 2013, back when Mark Jackson was coaching the Warriors instead of calling their games on ABC and ESPN - needs only to avoid an apocalyptic collapse to win their third title in four years. But Durant picked up the slack and dropped 43 points.
"That was unbelievable what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said afterward.
The Warriors recaptured the lead and held it at 83-81 heading into the fourth quarter. "He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there". "I really think Fiz can get in his ear and make that happen".