The television ratings through the first three games of this year's NBA Finals continue a positive trend for basketball locally.
But this one was deeper than his dagger was a year ago - and it cut deeper as well. "The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made a year ago".
Golden State backed Durant's effort by having five players reach double-digits.
"The thing that's mind boggling is, the Cleveland Cavaliers - how do you not win this game when Steph going into the fourth quarter has only made one basket?" Kevin Durant. You've got two guys with MVPs on their team.
The problem is - and this feels like it deserves a BREAKING NEWS intro - Durant is really freaking good, and none of the above mattered. He was an elite player before he went to Golden State. There will be a parade in the Bay Area before long, championship rings to hand out and another banner to unfurl on opening night next season, and more free agents likely will take a look at signing with Golden State in an effort to add to their own jewelry collections. They are a Superteam, without question.
"It's nearly like playing the Patriots", Cleveland superstar LeBron James said Wednesday night. "You can't have mistakes". And he's still down 3-0.
"Now everyone is trying to figure that out", James said Thursday.
He took close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary past year.
Durant has made quite a career out of rising to the occasion.
Even during the 2016 title-winning campaign, Cavaliers had come back from a 1-3 deficit. He's been an MVP, a Finals MVP, an Olympic gold medallist already.
"I would guess that he goes to Houston", Bosh said of his former Heat championship teammate who can opt out of the final year on his Cleveland Cavaliers contract by the end of the month. "I just know it's going to happen".
It may as well have been.
Golden State will get their first chance to close out the series on Friday in Cleveland.
The streets of Cleveland are buzzing in anticipation of magic from their favourite son LeBron James.
They're now on the brink of being swept in the Finals for the second time in franchise history after the San Antonio Spurs humiliated them in 2007.
And, of course, Duron Harmon's goal line interception of Ben Roethlisberger in the final seconds of Week 15 all but sealed home field advantage for the Pats.
But the biggest shot of the evening came with under a minute left. But after missing his first nine three-point attempts, Curry hit his first three-pointer when the Warriors needed it most - a trey with the Warriors clinging to a 98-97 lead with 2 minutes 38 seconds left. The game. The season.
"Andre helps us in every regard", Kerr said. "We just try to do whatever it takes to get the W. Run the right plays", he reflected.
"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in The Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost as well". "That was fantastic what he did".