Durant, Warriors storm back to take Game 3 from Cavs

According to Forbes Magazine, LeBron James is the second-highest paid athlete in the world in 2017, with salary and endorsements totaling $86.2 million.

The odds are stacked against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but J.R. Smith isn't giving up hope.

Cavaliers: James (1,175) passed Sam Jones (1,143), Bill Russell (1,151) and Elgin Baylor (1,161) to move into fourth place on the NBA Finals scoring list.

Along with the question of, 'Is this the greatest National Basketball Association team ever, ' came to the two related questions of 'Is Golden State's Kevin Durant the best player in the world right now?' followed by 'Is the duo of Durant and Stephen Curry the best player tandem on one team ever?'

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.

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The Warriors are led by guard Stephen Curry, who averaged 25.3 points per game during the regular season.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant said. "But we gave a great effort, and the result just didn't turn out the way we wanted to". It broke Cleveland's ideal 4-0 all-time record in the postseason when both James and Irving score 30-plus points.

No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series in 126 attempts, although no club had rallied from 3-1 down in the NBA Finals until the Cavs did it previous year to defeat the Warriors.

"He took over", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. "They got stops and then they made play after play down the stretch".

Playing in his seventh straight Finals, James is averaging 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists going into Game 3, but it hasn't been enough for the Cavs.

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The Warriors? Curry scored a layup at 2:25, Durant hit a baseline pull-up at 1:15. Up by the score of 113-107 with just over three minutes left, they appeared poised to make it a competitive series. They had the Warriors again treating the basketball as if it were nuclear waste. But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get exhausted.

And maybe fatigue played a part in the Warriors' rally, though James didn't think so even after playing 46 minutes.

Irving shot 16-of-29, but missed his final three shots, all in the final 1:52.

"A lot of people said we couldn't. He's been an unbelievable player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his time, his moment". "But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds". We know if we get off the board and push, we're a unsafe team.

The Golden State Warriors steal a game on the road in Game 3. James is widely considered to be the best player in the world, a concept which hasn't changed in the course of the last week, but he doesn't have the supporting cast around him that Durant and Curry do.

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