Warriors take Game 3 as Durant flips script on LeBron

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Despite a cold shooting night by Steph Curry, Golden State was still able to pull off the victory.

The Cavs opened up strong, working to get Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson involved. It led to 16-to-4 early run for Cavaliers.

And when James did get his first bucket.

James is averaging 40.0 points, 10.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game in the Finals.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted an image of the half-time box score noting the fact the Cavs didn't attempt a free throw in the first half, deleting it shortly after. The Cavs' lead dwindled when they went to their bench, but Cleveland looked in its zone holding a 58-49 lead with the second-quarter clock winding down.

The series shifts to Cleveland for the first time in Game 3.

Game three of the National Basketball Association finals will take place tonight between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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And Durant happened all night. Kevin Durant poured in a game-high and career playoff-high 43 points.

He also did it on defense.

Love controlled the glass, gobbling up 10 boards in the first half alone and finished with 13 rebounds, and cleverly moved off the ball to find ample opportunities as a pressure release valve as the Warriors' defenders converged in the paint. Kobe Bryant isn't so convinced that James does not have enough to work with. But there were no late-game heroics this time like we've seen so many times in these playoffs. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland (9 p.m. ET, ABC). He rewarded Lue with 15 points and a strong game.

James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually - camouflage trousers, purple hoodie, "Billionaire Boys Club" baseball cap - than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason. But in the end, the Warriors were the Warriors.

Just when it seemed as if the Cavaliers might win their first game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant hit a 3-point dagger from the wing for the second year in a row, prompting Warriors teammate Draymond Green to roar and silencing a deafening crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. It was clear during that game that if the Cavs are to stand any chance against the Warriors, they'll need James to be super-human and take it upon himself to carry a significant scoring load in the series. He just missed a triple-double in Game 2 (29 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists). He notched 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

But the Warriors grabbed their first lead of the game during a 17-6 run to start the third quarter, setting the stage for a tense finish to a game that saw 11 lead changes.

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