Durant dazzles as Warriors take 3-0 lead

Durant dazzles as Warriors take 3-0 lead

Kevin Durant (right) of the Golden State Warriors tries to score past Rodney Hood of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third game of the 2018 NBA Finals on Wednesday. AFP

Kevin Durant scored 43 points as the Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start on Wednesday night to defeat the Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 and move to the brink of sweeping the NBA Finals.

Golden State, trying to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the third time in four years, leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

Game 4 is on Friday night in Cleveland.

Neither team led by more than three points in the fourth quarter until Stephen Curry drained a 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining for a 101-97 Warriors edge. LeBron James then made a trey of his own to make it a one-point game.

Key Golden State reserve Andre Iguodala, making his return after missing the previous six games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, converted a dunk to increase the lead to 103-100.

Durant then buried a 3-pointer from 33 feet out with 49.8 seconds remaining to essentially ice the game.

"That was amazing what he did out there tonight," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant postgame. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him."

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue agreed the 3-pointer by Durant from deep was the dagger to the Cavaliers.

"It was a big shot," Lue said. "I mean, he was four or five feet behind the line, and he raised up and made a big shot for them. He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league."

James also remarked on Durant and his key shot, "He's an assassin. That was one of those assassin plays right there."

James twisted his right ankle on a layup attempt in the middle of the second quarter, but he said postgame that he'll be in the lineup Friday.

In Game 2, Golden State's had notched a 122-103 victory.