Curry remembers "a lot of yelling, unnecessarily". "It wasn't just the number of points, it seemed like every time we needed a bucket, he got it for us". "I've just got to stay locked in". "So, I was definitely excited".
With Curry and Thompson non-factors much of the game, combining for 21 points on 7 for 27 combined shooting, Durant finished with a playoff career-best 43 points.
Players, coaches and even opponents rave about how he makes the Warriors better with his decision-making and how he's a calming influence on the floor. Golden State had yet to play a strong game from start to finish and were expecting the return of starting forward Andre Iguodala from a knee injury no later than Game 4.
"That was unbelievable what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant.
"We got stagnant", Love said.
JaVale McGee scored six points and Durant added five in a 15-3 Golden State run early in the third quarter that produced the Warriors' first lead and saw it grow to a team-best 69-64. He suffered a bruised right leg in the second quarter but returned in the fourth quarter.
The 34-year-old Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds this postseason.
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Durant stopped in his tracks and turned around. "I found some great spots, and my teammates did a great job of setting screens to set me up".
The 2015 Finals MVP went to the locker room with less than a minute left in the first half with an injury to his other leg, later diagnosed by the team medical staff as a contusion of the right leg. According to anyone who can do math, ABC has won the night yet again with the NBA Finals.
But James' admission came just after he acknowledged he left Cleveland in 2010 and went to Miami because he knew he didn't have enough to win a championship.
Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win. For the team, another title would solidify them as one of the greatest teams in National Basketball Association history, and for superstars like Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, another ring will boost their already stellar all-time resumes and push them closer to the top of the mountain. Durant then walked into the hotel without incident. That point was driven home seven-feet deeper this time. "They're not going to beat themselves".
James essentially said you have to play the ideal game to beat the Warriors because they don't beat themselves. "That's what he does".