LeBron explains why NBA Finals loss won't haunt him

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The Cavaliers could not get a win run going after beating the Bulls, absorbing their 10th loss in 34 games.

The Cavaliers fought back from nine down to tie the game at 92 on a LeBron James basket with a minute and 59 seconds left, but Kevin Durant put the Warriors right back on top with a huge triple. With that said, Kevin Durant had some interesting comments about #LeBron James before the two teams played on #Christmas Day. Prior to the Cavs' much-anticipated rematch against Golden State on Christmas Day, a reporter asked James whether that shot and the ensuing loss in Game 3 was a perpetual thorn in his side and something he still thought about.

It was the 29-year-old Durant's first National Basketball Association title in two Finals stints; James, 32, has three in eight appearances, including the last seven seasons. But Game 3 here in the Finals or a game there, I'm good. On the other hand, Durant has only been to the NBA Finals twice, although he is a heavy favorite to make it three this season.

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"It's still surreal to me", Durant recalled. Since then, Durant told GQ in November that he viewed that moment as James "passing the torch to me".

James has served as Durant's idol, competitor and mentor all in varying stages of his life. "I feel like I proved myself and belong in that conversation".