Kendrick Perkins Flips Off Kevin Durant During Press Conference

Kendrick Perkins Flips Off Kevin Durant During Press Conference

But the Warriors closed each period with a run that got them right back into striking distance.

The Cavaliers need to do some serious soul searching before tonight's game if they want to come out with a win. The Cavaliers kept him to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, leaving Durant to pick up the slack. The Cavaliers had the hottest first quarter in Finals history past year, scoring a record 49 points.

With LeBron James' contract expiring at the end of this season, the rumors of the superstar departing in free agency are hotter than ever. But he returned in the third quarter and went on to make some crucial plays in the Warriors' 110-102 win.

The game remained close throughout the final period until Kevin Durant struck from deep once again. So the guys did a good job on those two guys. "But we've got to do a better job on K.D". The Warriors guard felt Perkins, who did not move from his seat, should have made an attempt to get out of the way following Curry's wild 3-point attempt prior to the buzzer.

Durant outscored the other starting four for the Warriors with 43 points (the rest had 41 points).

The Warriors responded to losing to Cleveland by adding Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and are now on the verge of back-to-back titles with him, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green forming a powerful core to a dynasty. Rookie Jordan Bell also added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes off the bench. LeBron James heaped praise on the Warriors' efficiency after the game, comparing the National Basketball Association powerhouse to the New England Patriots, who routinely dominate the NFL thanks to their discipline and attention to detail.

"It really didn't bother me too much", Iguodala said.

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They were within one win of making it to the Finals but suffered a Game 7 loss to the Warriors on their home floor. Coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday that if Love were cleared to play against the Warriors, he would start.

Golden State shot 52 percent from the floor, but neither team was sharp from long-distance - each canning nine triples on the night.

After the game, during Durant's press conference, his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate and current Cavs center Kendrick Perkins was seen popping out from behind the curtains towards the back of the interview room to throw up a couple of middle-fingers at Durant.

He returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 vowing to end Cleveland's sports title drought, something he did by beating the Warriors in 2016 after 52 seasons since the 1964 NFL Browns won a title. But the Warriors handed out seven more assists and outran the Wine & Gold on the break, 19-11.

The Cavs weren't the one-man team they often seem to be in the first half, with James, Smith and Love all scoring in double digits as Love led the way with 15 points to go with 10 first-half rebounds.

We all knew Golden State was better, and this series has done nothing to change that belief.

They led by six at half-time, but the Warriors grabbed the initiative in the third, outscoring the Cavaliers 31-23 to take an 83-81 lead into the fourth quarter.

"But for the run we've had, these four years have been great", Lue said.

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