LeBron not faulting Warriors for building super team

Baylor finished just 15 points shy of Michael Jordan's 1176 points in the NBA Finals, so LeBron will have an opportunity to surpass Jordan in Game 4.

Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made.

Irving and James each played about 45 minutes on the court, leaving them worn out when it mattered most.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Curry added 13 rebounds and six assists.

After that Love miss, Steph Curry drove and next Kevin Durant jumped as the Warriors inched to within 111-113 with 1:10 left.

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Mama Durant has stood behind KD every step of the process this season and defended her son's critics who denounced his decision to leave for Golden State. But there was something else too, something that might have had more to do with the Warriors losing the finals than an aching knee: mentally, Curry wasn't there.

"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team", he said.

Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, who will get a chance today in Cleveland to become the first team to go undefeated all the way to a title.

Kevin Durant with arms and legs and jaw-dropping talents that go from here to there slashing through the lane for hammer of Thor dunks or pulling up at just the game-in-the-balance moment to stab home the killer 3 in transition.

The NBA's best-of-seven championship was billed as the ultimate grudge match between the league's last two champions and some pundits felt it could go down as one of the most hotly contested series of all time. Nine seconds later, a Durant made cuts the lead to two. Fourteen minutes of leading the game meant nothing.

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He's also still looking for the Cavs' three-point game, which has been so pivotal to their success. "They're definitely a different team than they were previous year", he added.

"To find a way to win was an awesome accomplishment and set us up for hopefully a great night Friday where we can back it up", Curry said. It's a miss-or-make league.

"It's The Finals", Irving said after the game. This Warriors team has learnt its lessons from previous year. "I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of".

No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State a year ago.

But they also look like they have the stuff to win several more if they can avoid the greed/ego/credit deprivation/injury/plain old crazy-for-the-sake-of-being-crazy landmines along the way.

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Wawrinka pointed to his right temple, as he often does to celebrate success on key points, and was on his way to the final. Now 32, and the oldest semi-finalist here since Jimmy Connors in 1985, Wawrinka is confident that will not be repeated.

While the Warriors' bad trio clicked (Durant 31 points, Klay Thompson 30 and Curry 26), not their Cavs' counterparts, though; Love proved to be the missing link.

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