They also made 13 a game, second only to the long-ball-happy Rockets, giving them a unsafe extra dimension besides LeBron.
When Green fell into foul trouble in Game 2, the Warriors had to play Durant at center on defense to maintain their favored small-ball lineup.
Everything they wanted. Pace, physical nature, venue, support.
But if the Warriors get to 16-0, they will have surpassed any single postseason turned in by Michael, Magic or Russell, and I think the Warriors want this, even if they're not saying so.
The 2017 Warriors come into Game 3 Wednesday night with a healthy Curry, a more stable Green, Kevin Durant at small forward and, above all, a rock that has lingered in their collective gut since last June, when they infamously became the first team to lose a 3-1 lead in The Finals. "But we gave a great effort, and the result just didn't turn out the way we wanted to". "I've never been in this position before, I don't want to relax. It's not over. This was a insane game, anything can happen".
"No, only missed shots". Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant's arrival and is healthy in these Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists. Simple as that. But the sentiment at the heart of what De Haven is saying forms, I think, the core of what we admire in a great many human endeavors but maybe most especially in sports: the idea that heart, grit, will, belief or blood can overcome the limits not only of the human body but in small measure of the universe itself.
The Warriors scored 132 points on those 89 shots, helped immensely by 18 three-pointers, and 22 for 24 from the free throw line. Before the game, Kerr, who missed 11 playoff games because of back pain, said his decision to return to the bench for Game 2 in the Finals was easy.
Kevin Durant wasn't wearing a Golden State jersey while his current teammates collapsed in last year's Finals.
During the regular season, Golden State ranked No. 1 in defensive field goal percentage and No. 1 in defending the 3-point shot. Next is Stephen Curry (9.7).
"Teams have great nights in this league, and it's the National Basketball Association, so that can happen a lot", Durant said. He's pretty much got to get 30 or 40, and you could really coast on the other end. But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds.
"We have an opportunity to protect home and if we do that, we'll put ourselves back in the series", James said. "You guys asked me 'What was the difference?' And I told you". Me personally I gave everything I have. I feel like I'm going to - feel like I'm going to play well every time I step on the floor.
The biggest, of course, was Durant's 3. And overall it was just an incredibly tough, resilient performance. The referees need to bite the whistle and call a more even game. Though yet again the Warriors got out to an early lead.
Golden State finished the game on an 11-0 run, including a 7-0 spurt from its 7-foot superstar.