Durant's basket and two free throws by Draymond Green after a Cavaliers miss capped a 9-0 run by the Warriors, who have now won 15 straight playoff games and could cap a flawless post-season two nights hence.
If Kyrie Irving hits a 3, or if Durant's shot rattles out, or if LeBron steps up to defend that KD 3, we're talking about how the defending champions responded with their back against the wall. James and Irving gave it their best shot, but the Cavaliers are running out of bullets.
The bad news for Cleveland: No team in the finals has ever rebounded from a 3-0 series deficit to win the championship.
Just like a year ago, the NBA Finals are at 3-1 after four games. When the Cavs couldn't muster a basket in the final three minutes of Game 3, and the Warriors jumped on the opportunity.
"I've been working on that shot my whole life", said Durant, who has averaged 34 points through the first three games of the Finals.
"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team", he said.
They did not. LeBron not only didn't take the shot, it's hard to even call it a shot when you look at the replay. "He took over. You can tell he knows this is his moment". "It wasn't our smartest game that we have played all year, but it was maybe our toughest in terms of our ability to just hang in there".
Late in the first quarter in Game 3, James picked the pocket of Warriors center JaVale McGee and pushed the ball up the court for a fastbreak.
Leading 113-111 heading into the final minute, Cavaliers shooter Kyle Korver missed a triple, giving Golden State a chance to tie it up or take the lead on the next possession.
Trailing by six (113-107) after JR Smith drained a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining, the Warriors finished the game on an 11-0 run, with Durant accounting for 7 points and Curry the other 4. The Cavs went to Irving, who was guarded by Klay Thompson just like he was on Christmas Day when Irving hit a game victor on the very same court. "He's been an unbelievable player in this league for a long time and I think he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. and I think he's having the time of his life out there". He went the bench with his team up two, but by the time the quarter ended, the Cavs trailed, 39-31. Yet it wasn't enough, as Golden State claimed what Steph Curry called "the best win to date" in the Warriors' dominant three-year run atop the National Basketball Association, from a title in 2015 through the NBA-record 73-win regular season a year ago to now. "We've got one more to go". James has played 125 minutes of the 144 minutes over the first three games of the series. But then the Warriors scored the final 11 points to send the Cavaliers to their locker room - and the fans to the exits - in stunned silence.