While it aroused a tremendous roar from the sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, the monster backboard-bank shot slam dunk wasn't enough for the Cavaliers to overcome defending champion Golden State.
Then, as they've done so often during their current run, Golden State held a scoring edge in the third quarter.
Curry's frustration likely stems from the fact that despite his glittering National Basketball Association resume involving two National Basketball Association championships, the star guard is yet to secure a Finals MVP trophy.
While it was a quiet night from Curry and Klay Thompson, who finished with 10 points, the Cavaliers simply had no answer to Durant.
"You actually are trying to get me to say something."
"The room for error against a team like this is slim to none".
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Cleveland made an early push to turn Game 3 into a blowout, but Durant's spectacular shot-making wouldn't let that happen.
Gilbert was likely pleased when, 22 seconds into the third quarter, James drove to the basket, made a bucket and was fouled, promptly giving Cleveland its first free throw of the game.
"That was fantastic what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant postgame.
The Cavs, who lost to the Warriors in last year's Finals, are in danger of being swept this year, even despite the monster numbers LeBron James is putting up so far. One of the items Hoffman asked Bryant was the team the future Hall of Famer thinks would best fit James in the future.
Iguodala has missed the past six games with a bone bruise in his left knee. After giving away Game 1 when guard J.R. Smith experienced a brain freeze and essentially dribbled out the clock with the score tied at the end of regulation, the Cavs still hadn't figured out how to solve the riddle of conquering the Warriors since their potent opponent added Kevin Durant to an already formidable roster in the summer of 2016. "It feels good to play well, but at the same time we need to get the one game two days from now". A year ago we were up 2, and he pulled up pretty much right at the three-point line and got a great contest, but he made it.
"We have a lot of talent", James said. "I think everybody gets excited for the small parts of the game, and Steph is one of those guys that just brings that joy".
"You know, I just tried to make sure that we came out and didn't foul a three-point shooter or didn't give up a wide-open three or got too excited about that play".