Warriors eyeing championship sweep after stupendous Durant show

The Warriors seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. If it wins game four on Friday, it can complete the first championship series sweep since Cleveland was blanked by San Antonio in 2007.

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was the best performer in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.   -  AFP

Warriors coach Steve Kerr lauded Kevin Durant after his game-winning performance helped put the reigning champion on the cusp of an NBA Finals sweep.

Durant was devastating in Game 3 on Wednesday, the Warriors star pouring in 43 points and recording 13 rebounds to inspire a 110-102 victory over the Cavaliers.

LeBron James posted the 10th Finals triple-double of his career but it was not enough as Durant — who nailed a 33-foot three-pointer with 49.8 seconds remaining to ultimately end the Cavs' hopes — gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 series lead in Cleveland.

 

Kerr was asked about Golden State's rotation and Jordan Bell's impact but the Warriors boss quickly turned the attention to 2017 Finals MVP Durant.

"We've got a lot of depth," Kerr said after the game. "We've got a lot of guys who can play, and they're all chipping in.

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"But we should probably go back to Kevin Durant, shouldn't we? That was amazing what he did out there tonight. Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him. He was incredible."

While Durant led the way, two-time MVP Stephen Curry struggled for the Warriors on the road. He finished with 11 points on three-of-16 shooting, while he was one-for-10 from three-point range.

"This is the beauty of this team and the luxury that we have of having multiple big-time scorers," Kerr said, with the Warriors back in Cleveland for Game 4 on Friday.

"There's going to be nights like this for all of them. Steph was three for 16, one for 10, but as usual he hit a big one. He always finds a way to make big plays even on his toughest nights.

"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. Yeah, it's pretty nice, a pretty nice luxury as a coach, that's for sure."