But the confines of Quicken Loans Arena have treated them even better in the playoffs.
"No, that wasn't the same shot", James said when asked to compare Durant's 3 to last year's.
Clutch play: One reason the Cavs are still standing at this point in the season is that they have been excellent in crunch time, winning seven of 10 playoff games that the National Basketball Association deems as clutch (within five points with five minutes to go). Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
"That was incredible what he did out there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".
James was fantastic, again: 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
But throughout the Finals, the production has certainly been lacking from the majority of the Cleveland players outside of James and Love.
"I got the Cavs winning", Brown said. But with just under three minutes left, the Warriors started to take control. But so much went right for the Cavs over the course of the evening that they should have been able to seal their first win of the series and give a glimmer of hope to National Basketball Association fans eager to see a worthwhile series.
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Durant was making his "don't forget about me for Finals MVP" push in the first half.
Further, Cleveland saw Love and Smith score 15 and 10, respectively, to go with James' 14 in the first half.
With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015. Kevin Durant almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game. Who would have guessed that on a night when JaVale McGee and Jordan Bell were some of the Warriors' best offensive options that the Warriors would win by eight? "Top two best players in our league", said Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. "If we win tonight, then we knot it up at 2-2". The Cavaliers kept him to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, leaving Durant to pick up the slack.
Durant had 11 points in the run and grabbed all seven Golden State rebounds in the opening quarter. We have to weather the storm, keep it close.
While it was a quiet night from Curry and Klay Thompson, who finished with 10 points, the Cavaliers simply had no answer to Durant.
Game 4 of the Finals will be Friday at 6 p.m.in Cleveland.
Cleveland might have found something with Hood, but it ultimately didn't create the win it so desperately needed. "We're one game away from elimination".