Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP

Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP

In what appeared to be an exact replication of the same game in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors took Game 3 from the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-102, to take a 3-0 series lead for the second consecutive season.

Golden State outscored Cleveland 25-13 in the third quarter, the period when the Warriors either turned around or blew open so many games during their run to the NBA Finals. This time a year ago, Cleveland played an almost-perfect offensive game to win Game 4 and extend the series for a "gentlemen's sweep" in five. His eighth appearance in a row didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next. He averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the Finals.

On the night, the reigning Finals MVP went 15-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and a flawless 7-of-7 from the line, adding 13 boards, seven assists and a steal in the victory. He secured his first playoff triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night's Game 4.

"This is so hard to do and doing it three out of four years is incredible", guard Klay Thompson said. "So we come back here and we get the minds and we build a championship team".

For Cleveland, the loss sends the team into an off-season of great uncertainty as James, the best player of his generation, could sign elsewhere as a free agent after July 1, which is widely expected given the relative lack of talent on the roster.

Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.

Following the Finals, OddsShark relayed the latest odds for the four-time NBA MVP's next team.

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Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1.

Kevin Love added 13 points and nine boards, but shot 4-of-13.

Durant's defense took a major step up in Games 2 and 3, which also showed in his offense, getting easier opportunities at the rim due to the team's collective transition defense and his all-around involvement.

Sources told ESPN that the injury was the result of him punching a blackboard in the locker room after that game. Durant is one of six players to win back-to-back NBA Finals MVP titles.

You really get the feeling that the Cavaliers missed out on a chance to make this competitive series after they blew Game 1 so I'm not surprised that they're now 48 minutes from a series sweep.

The speculation over James' future has garnered plenty of attention these past few days, and Cavaliers fans wanted to give their hero a huge welcome ahead of Game 4.

And once again, Kevin Durant-the 2017 Finals MVP-had the ball in his hands, the momentum running down the court, and the swagger to pull up from nearly the same spot behind the three-point line from where he hit a memorable shot a year ago.

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