Durant scored a game-high 34 factors because the Warriors rallied from a poor first half to defeat the Rockets, 101-92, in Sport 7 of the Western Convention finals in Houston.
That victory arrange a fourth straight Finals assembly in opposition to the Cavs, who James impressed previous the Celtics in seven video games.
Requested if he was prepared for the problem of taking up the Cavs celebrity, Durant informed ESPN: “Yeah, little question. It is gonna be a enjoyable one, thrilling one.
“LeBron’s enjoying — I can not even describe how he is enjoying, it is like next-level basketball so we acquired our work minimize out for us.”
See you Thursday, @warriors.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) Might 29, 2018
Warriors coach Steve Kerr describedhis staff’s opening interval as “one of many worst quarters of basketball we have ever performed” after they shot 7 of 20 from the ground and a pair of of 10 from Three-point vary.
Stephen Curry pinpointed the second within the first half when Golden State got here collectively and targeted on turning issues round, a course of he led with 14 factors in a sensational third quarter — only one level fewer than the Rockets as a complete.
“There was a second within the first half, I believe Draymond [Green] turned it over to James [Harden] within the transition and he acquired a dunk,” stated Curry at a postgame information convention.
“That is a degree the place you’ll be able to have guys doing loads of finger-pointing and blaming and getting on their emotions. However there was a second throughout that timeout after Coach known as it, the place it was simply actually productive.
“All people was like, ‘Let’s simply transfer on. Get it collectively, discover a technique to get via this little tough patch and simply discover ourselves.’ It simply took some time.
“So I believe that second it might have splintered, to be sincere. It might have been a second the place guys went their separate methods.
— NBA (@NBA) Might 29, 2018
“However I believe the best way that we fought all 12 months and the best way that this staff is constructed with the chemistry we now have, that acquired us via that little tough patch. I believe we used that to our benefit.”
On his explosion early within the second half, he added: “Clearly I have been enjoying properly within the third quarter this sequence.
“It’s a must to have endurance, you have to have resiliency, you have to have faith in your self, regardless of how the sport’s going up till that time, which you could flip it round.
“It has been nice to return out of the locker room form of targeted, locked in, made some pictures, get some stops, and simply have enjoyable. Clearly, fortunately with the best way the primary half went, it was like clockwork, so it was good.”