Kendrick Perkins reacts to Kevin Durant's Game 3 performance

Virginia Santiago
June 11, 2018

Kevin Durant has become something of an antihero of sorts, this after the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward bolted for the greener pastures of the Golden State Warriors en route to his first National Basketball Association championship.

His 43-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist performance is ideal for Basketball-Reference Play Index bingo.

Durant put on a show in Game 3 of the series, dropping 43 points on a highly-efficient 15-for-23 shooting from the field, which included six 3-pointers on nine attempts.

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Draymond Green and Stephen Curry are already under contract for next season. Prior to this year's finals, the Warriors already took five crowns after winning the 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, and 2017 rings. So much that harkened back memories to Durant's memorable Game 3 win a year ago over Cleveland.

That this back-to-back is done, the discussion now shifts to where this team fits in the scope of history.

The Warriors 108-85 domination of the Cleveland Cavaliers fashioned out via sweep of the best-of-seven championship series, the first since 2007 when the San Antonio Spurs last did the trick.

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"I did some things tonight, but there are things we need to correct if went want to win next game", Durant said.

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James was impressive again, finishing with 33 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, but it proved to be not enough for the Cavaliers to pull off the victory. "So to be one of guys, that's what I always wanted". He's also scored * a href="http://stats.nba.com/player/201142/matchups/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Playoffs&CF=TEAM_ABBR*E*cle&PerMode=Totals&sort=POSS&dir=1" *29 points on the 47 possessions where he's been defended by George Hill, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson or Larry Nance Jr. - a per 100 possessions scoring average more than twice as large as his regular-season mark.

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Rebounding and drawing fouls kept the Cavaliers in the game in the first half, but those advantages evaporated after halftime. Kyle Korver still can't get untracked against the Warriors - missing all four shot attempts in 11 minutes of action.

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