Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers

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Defending champion Golden State, powered by 43 points from Kevin Durant, moved to the brink of a third National Basketball Association title in four seasons on Wednesday by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102. Stephen Curry (1-of-10 from 3) and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 7-for-27. Any of them can have a bad game.

LeBron James had some fun at the expense of the Portland Trail Blazers during his NBA Finals press conference Thursday.

Back in early March, Anthony Slater of The Athletic asked Durant if it's 100 percent certain that he will be back with Golden State in 2018-19.

There's still a long way to go until the Cavaliers are back to contending against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, but plays like this certainly give Cavaliers fans hope that the series is not over yet.

It might not have been a carbon copy of the 2017 shot, but it could have similar effects; Durant is now one win away from a second straight title and possibly his second straight Finals MVP. "There's not really much pressure on them".

With their 3-0 series lead, the Warriors are one win away from securing their second National Basketball Association title in as many years since adding Durant in free agency in the summer of 2016. Even if Iguodala doesn't return on Wednesday, the Warriors could use their next-best-thing lineup more than they have thus far. "You can't have mistakes".

Kevin Durant insists it was not deja vu, but it sure looked like it. "Two guys that I think are a head above everybody else that's ever played the game". He also came within three assists of a triple-double (13 rebounds and seven assists).

This is the great thing about Golden State's looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title for a third time in the last four years.

LeBron James might be playing his "last" game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the National Basketball Association superstar prepares to become a free agent on July 1. Golden State would hold on for a momentum-switching victory and 3-0 series lead. They scored 49 points in the first quarter of Game 4 [last year].

"It's nearly like playing the Patriots", James said after the game. If Curry and Thompson both have off nights, they still have the second-best player in the game.

Video emerged Thursday afternoon of a freaky exchange between the former Thunder teammates, as Durant can be seen on the podium mouthing what appears to be "f-k you" to Perkins as the big man apparently walked by.

In January, they spent a night in a vehicle together driving around James' hometown in Akron talking about their lives and their careers and the lessons they learned in a feature for "Uninterrupted".