In sum, he scored a game-high 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field (including 6-of-9 from beyond the 3-point line), and collected 13 rebounds - and every single one for the Warriors in the first quarter.
Then again, they all have been easy. But after missing his first nine three-point attempts, Curry hit his first three-pointer when the Warriors needed it most - a trey with the Warriors clinging to a 98-97 lead with 2 minutes 38 seconds left.
Kevin Durant scorched hot with 43 points and missed a triple-double by three assists as he made up for the early struggles of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in Game Three at the Cavs' turf.
Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said it all with one sentence as he walked off the court: "That's the way to take all the air out of the building".
"I don't want to downplay anything, but I don't want to act like this is the end of the road", Durant said.
"I mean, I just love that support from my teammates, and I think we all just support each other in a real childlike approach to the game".
There are multiple potential landing spots for James, but it really is quite up in the air right now.
The Peoria native has taken three jumpers, all of them mid-rangers of about 13 feet, in this series; everything else has been at the rim.
The referees' official Twitter site announced Tuesday that it would hold a live "Ref Watch Party" on Twitter and answer questions as Game 3 was played. When I wake up Friday morning I'll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. "It's a handsome thing to be a part of it and to be a contributor in it".
Stephen Curry scored 33 points, sinking an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in the process, and the Golden State Warriors moved halfway to their third title in four seasons by beating Cleveland 122-103. It's daunting to deal with Durant, one of the few guys in the league who can post up against James, turn and face the four-time MVP, and shoot over him with relative ease. Thompson, his backcourt mate, is 1 for 6.
Livingston and McGee shooting 17-for-18, that just doesn't seem fair.
"When you have great basketball players that can also think the game and be very cerebral about the game, that's what adds to the level of stress, because you know that you can never, ever relax", James said after the game. "It just gave us all the momentum back". But we've got a lot of guys who can score and fill it up, and they lift each other up if one of them is having a tough night. And in the roar, most of the Warriors could do nothing as the Cavs pushed them around down low. There's always the concern that Golden State will shoot 60 percent from the field and be unbeatable, and that's why I'm staying away from a team tonight.
Though the Warriors enjoyed a third-quarter surge in which they reversed a six-point halftime deficit, the Cavaliers managed to withstand the run, as the teams alternated leads in the fourth quarter. As such, the Warriors might already have a counter in mind for whatever anticipated adjustment Cleveland makes.
"There is just a sense that we're all on the same team and nobody cares about whose team it is and all that stuff".