James finished the game with 39 points while Irving finished with 38.
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The series remains the most-watched NBA Finals matchup since 1998 through the first three games.
The win moved Durant one win from the title he sought when he left Oklahoma City for the Warriors last July, one he failed to get in 2012 when his Thunder lost to Miami and James won his first career crown with the Heat.
That's a bold statement considering James has played in the last seven NBA Finals and eight of the last 11, and is averaging 32 points, 12.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists in the first three games of this series.
Irving didn't let that happen in Game 3.
A ideal confluence of events in the summer of 2016 -Durant's free agency, an unprecedented spike in the NBA's salary cap and Golden State's ability to add a superstar such as Durant - has altered the league's landscape.
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According to James, the Warriors, who have not lost four consecutive games since 2013, have all the pieces needed to dominate the National Basketball Association for years to come. "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".
Curry and Durant knocked down two free throws each as the Cavaliers failed to intentionally foul the Warriors' worse shooters, and the game was down. The Cavaliers may have taken a few questionable shots from 3-point land, but that's just part of their offensive identity.
Also Thursday the Warriors historic playoff run was front and center for the Cavs.
James and Irving combined for 77 points on 31 of 56 shooting.
He played 45 minutes and it just wasn't enough.
"No, only missed shots".
"That's what we always talk about, we all just want to have some fun but play disciplined", said Durant. But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds.
They will again have to rewrite the record books if they can recover this position, but with the Warriors seeking revenge for previous year that will be some ask. Durant smartly signed a two-year deal with an opt-out in Year 2, one he'll exercise this summer in order to sign a long-term contract in Golden State.