Durant's dagger 3 lifts Warriors over Cavs in Game 3

Golden State Warriors are a game away from achieving the first unblemished Playoffs record in National Basketball Association history after Wednesday's away win against a valiant Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.

Durant again proved the difference as he nailed a three-pointer with 45.3 seconds left among his 31 points to help the Warriors to a 118-113 away win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

It doesn't take a genius to see what a difference-maker Durant has been for Golden State, the final piece that has turned a championship-caliber team into one that's building a case as one of the NBA's all-time best. After a Kyle Korver missed corner three, Durant made a decision to pull up from three with his team down two and LeBron James right in his grill.

With the Warriors trailing 113-109, with 1:24 remaining, Durant came out of a timeout and drained a jumper over Cavs center Tristan Thompson that put the score at 113-111 with 1:15 to play, forcing a Cleveland timeout. That's the longest winning streak in the playoffs in any major professional sport.

"Steph is one of the best players in the world, one of the best players ever", Durant said. They set an National Basketball Association record with nine 3-pointers in the period. Their greatness is something that even James himself couldn't avoid admitting. "I'm pretty good I would think", he said. (Yes, we know that Kyrie Irving REALLY got going later). "It's an exciting time, but we still have a lot of work to do".

The Warriors been on a mission from the minute the buzzer sounded following their NBA Finals collapse previous year, and they only needed to check a few more boxes before claiming the trophy.

They spoke openly of their desire to beat Jordan's 72-win team in 1996, but this time have downplayed the importance of 16-0. "Came down to the stretch, and they made some big-time plays".

"We were up eight in the first quarter", Durant said. "And that will hopefully continue as we hopefully go forward in our careers". Will this go down in history as "The Deron Williams Game"? James scored 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

We'll have more later on what went wrong for the Cavs and what went right for the Warriors.

"That's why they brought him here", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. He (Kevin Durant) may be the best player in the world today.

Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. Should the Warriors stay healthy and together - and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes - they should be a title threat every year. Efficient scoring, solid defense, and most importantly, some championship-caliber hustle was on display.

That allowed Golden State to wind up leading 39-32 after one; it finished the quarter with a 10-0 run with James on the bench for the final 109 seconds. "They have their youth, they have their health". Even Charles Barkley can claim he's 2-1 on the road in the Finals, including a triple-overtime classic in Chicago in 1993. "I thought Klay's defense on Kyrie was unbelievable".