Warriors top Cavaliers to move one win from perfection

And the Warriors made history but got burned past year, when they won a record 73 regular-season games and took a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the finals only to lose after the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.

Durant's key basket over Cleveland's LeBron James could be the first signature moment in a possible dynasty run for the Warriors, seeking their second title in three seasons after falling one win shy of a crown previous year.

James, who is averaging a triple-double in the 2017 Finals (32 points, 12.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists), and the Cavs edged the Warriors in Game 7 a year ago after falling behind 3-1, becoming the first team to ever overcome such a deficit in the Finals.

The Warriors' abilities - getting quick points on transition, setting the tempo of the game and to lean on its various weapons and depth - besides its best players Durant and Curry being in prime form have set them on course to avenge last year's loss to the Cavaliers.

"They're a juggernaut of a team", said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 38 points in Game 3.

James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

"Nobody would be surprised at the end of the day if before this series you said the Cavs won", Jefferson added.

But when those shots are released, especially when they're a result of penetration, leaving multiple Cavs below the free throw line, there's no time for standing around and hoping they go in.

"You're just trying to stay in the moment and know that this can turn if we come out there thinking we won the championship already", Durant said.

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998
SMITH (Cavaliers): The Cleveland guard has played poorly (three points in 42 total minutes) so far in the finals . If Durant and Curry are not quite in the best duo conversation now, I'm sure they'll end up there eventually.

"It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career". I don't care. It's great for our league. He still led the Warriors in scoring during the 2016 finals with 22.6 points a game, but averaged just 3.7 assists and never played with the joy he had in the previous two seasons.

James played 46 minutes of Wednesday night's 48-minute affair. "We haven't. They're still champions, and we got to go take it".

With the way the Golden State Warriors have handled the Cleveland Cavaliers, there has been a significant amount of discussion about whether or not the current state of the National Basketball Association is healthy.

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The Warriors are now within one game of taking the National Basketball Association title with an unprecedented flawless run through the playoffs.

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player laid on the floor several seconds before being helped up and made a driving layup shortly after. Like I saw it, no, I saw it, I just. "And now that you can look ahead to Friday, all our focus is on that", Curry said.

With 41 seconds left, Durant tripled in front of James for Golden State's go-ahead 114-113 lead.

"We talked about it since the Finals last year that the last season was a very unique year, for a lot of different reasons, and we learned a lot", Curry said.

In a 2012 interview with BeyondUltimate.com, Durant said, "The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best".

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