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Kevin Durant celebrates with Stephen Curry and Nick Young against the Cleveland Cavaliers (EZRA SHAW  GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA  AFP

Kevin Durant celebrates with Stephen Curry and Nick Young against the Cleveland Cavaliers (EZRA SHAW GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA AFP

LeBron James just had to tip his hat.

Kevin Durant hit a dagger pull-up 3-pointer from the left wing in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals in Cleveland.

For the second straight year in the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers came out with force in Game 3 needing a win to avoid going down 0-3, only to have inconsistent defense and Kevin Durant do them in. Do not forget that James and the Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 series deficit over the Warriors to win the 2016 National Basketball Association title.

"That was unbelievable what he did out there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him could have made those shots".

Golden State is just too good and too deep for the Cavs, who are too often exposed as a one-man team powered by James. "I just took the shot".

The Cavs were protecting themselves for the future, and by doing so, it might just make James leave.

Well, while LeBron James and his hometown team are now down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Brown believes there's still hope for the Cavs.

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A popular way to watch Rockets vs Warriors Game 3 online live streaming without cable tonight is through Hulu Live TV. Ironically, it was center Javale McGee who spurred the run by rapidly scoring eight points - all point-blank shots created by the Warriors' offense. But as Cavs coach Tyronn Lue replied in deadpan fashion before the game when asked who would be the night's key player, the answer - as it usually is - was James. "If we win tonight, then we knot it up at 2-2".

Hood played 4:12 of garbage-time basketball in these Finals before Game 3, and was shooting 15.0 percent from the 3-point line.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates a basket during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Cavs, on the other hand, were just 2-for-7 for five points in the final three minutes of Game 3. We have to weather the storm, keep it close.

For the first nine-plus minutes of the fourth quarter, neither Golden State nor Cleveland led by more than three points.

Despite the magnitude of his 3-pointer, Durant acted like he had been there before, bypassing a celebration for a stone face.

Cleveland might've missed their chance to steal a victory over Golden State in the series opener when George Hill missed a potential game-winning free throw and J.R. Smith forgot the score with fewer than five seconds remaining in regulation.

Instead, Cleveland is only left to wonder if James is a game from leaving. The Warriors are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. "I started asking for more of them, and I was able to knock down some shots for us".

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