"End of the game, we all knew we had a timeout left", Lue said. "It won't be Golden State or Cleveland going".
And, just as it did in Game 3 a year ago, it moved Durant and the Warriors to the precipice of a championship.
Cleveland opened the game with a 16-4 run but the Warriors closed the first quarter with a 16-7 spurt to pull within 29-28 entering the second quarter.
Durant added 12 rebounds and seven assists to his career-high playoff scoring total, but it was not until his 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 106-100 lead that Cleveland's fate was sealed. In order to win a championship a team has to step up and do something extraordinary. They can knock the Warriors around below the rim, frustrating shooters and making the pretty look ugly. That allowed the Cavaliers to have 12 more shots than the Warriors, including eight more makes. After learning that they did, James literally nearly breaks down in tears. Who knows how many legitimate suitors there will be by the time free agency hits. He seems to enjoy getting everyone involved in the game.
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"It sucks to lose", a grim-faced James said. Love also missed one uncontested three point shot in the middle of the second period. "We need to find ways to get him shots". He finished with 15 points and made all of his uncontested attempts. "It's unfortunate but we all have to do what we have to do and the Eagles fall right into that".
Given how politics and sports have so often crossed paths during Donald Trump's presidential administration, it feels like the question of whether major championship teams will visit the White House comes up following every title game or series. A historic game, the kind he had in Game 1, is required for Cleveland to even have a chance.
"It's typical of him", James said.
After they wasted a 51-point effort by James - with a reversed official's call, missed free throw by George Hill and bone-headed move from J.R. Smith - and let Game 1 slip away in overtime, and following Stephen Curry's 3-point barrage in Game 2, the Cavs are faced with the reality that their season, unusual as it has been to this point, is in serious jeopardy.
"He broke it down pretty verbatim of how his process went with his discussions with his teammates and how he wanted to keep the focus on what the conversation should be and not the anthem and not Trump's policies and how he's been overshadowing the National Football League and all that type of stuff", Curry said.