CLEVELAND - LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the most 30-point games in National Basketball Association playoff history by scoring 33 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 110-102 Game 3 Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.
James has done almost everything for the Cavs, averaging 40 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists through the first two Finals games.
All three scored before LeBron James did as the Cavs opened a 16-4 lead.
Durant, the 2017 Finals MVP, faced criticism during the Western Conference Finals for his preference to shoot rather than pass.
Durant especially, a player likely to crack the mythical 30,000 points mark, has plenty to gain in all-time discussions should the Warriors win, so history has often been a topic of conversation for Durant.
If you felt a sense of déjà vu watching Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals, you're not alone.
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Despite the magnitude of his 3-pointer, Durant acted like he had been there before, bypassing a celebration for a stone face.
The Cavs came out shooting early, quickly making seven of their first 13 shots. "So, definitely a different year, just overall, personally with injuries, as a team with dealing with injuries, dealing with the kind of expectations that have been placed on us from the outside and the noise around us as a team".
"That's what championship teams do", James said.
This is the fourth consecutive year (since 2015) that these two teams are playing in the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers had their chances in Game 1 and Game 3 of the series, but they came up short and are now on the verge of being swept to close out their season. However, he turned the ball over five times in each game. He finished with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. "Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry".
"It's a tie between MJ and Kob", Durant said.
"I thought we played a good first half", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. But I think having guys that get so excited about a good play, a good block or a good rotation or a good shot or dagger shot.
"It would have been a lot more satisfying if we won", Hood said.