CLEVELAND: Stephen Curry compiled arguably the worst playoff game of his career on Wednesday night inside Quicken Loans Arena, and the Golden State Warriors still defeated the Cavaliers by eight points.

The primary reason that the Warriors beat the Cavs 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was Kevin Durant, a 6-foot-9 forward with a 7-foot wingspan.

Durant scored 43 points in 43 minutes, and also grabbed 13 rebounds and had seven assists to lead the Warriors to a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

The Warriors can sweep the Cavs on Friday night in Cleveland.

“For the last two years, I’ve been playing alongside Kevin Durant, so he’s an amazing talent, an amazing player,” said Curry, who made 3-of-16 shots from the field, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, and 4-of-4 free throws en route to 11 points and six assists.

“He does amazing things every night. We all feed off each other. So [Wednesday night] was not my night offensively. It was his night, but like I said, this moment is great, and you encourage each other along the way, and we appreciate what we bring out of each other. We could talk about him all night. He was amazing.”

Durant shifted the balance of power to the Warriors when he signed on to play in Oakland in the summer of 2016 after the Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA title 4-3 over the Warriors.

If the Warriors win on Friday, it will be their third NBA title in four seasons. A victory would also make the Warriors NBA champions for the second year in a row with Durant.

“You guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer? All right. There it is. Kevin Durant was my answer,” Cavs forward LeBron James said after Game 3.

“He’s one of the best players that I’ve ever played against, that this league has ever seen. His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed. So there it is.”

Durant dazzled a sellout crowd of 20,562 that is accustomed to watching James lead the Cavs to wins at home.

“That was amazing what he did out there [Wednesday night],” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Some of those shots, I don’t think anybody in the world can hit those but him. He was incredible. . . . I just like the way he’s attacking. He’s not waiting around. He’s attacking right away on the catch, and it’s devastating to have to guard that.”

Durant made 15-of-23 field goal attempts, including 6-of-9 shots from 3-point range, and 7-of-7 free throw attempts.

“At the end of the day, if you want to compete for a championship or win a championship, you’ve got to go through the champion, and they’re the champion,” James said. “No matter – everyone gets so caught up on saying they’re vulnerable or they’re not playing so well, and then they go down 3-2 . . . they win at home and send it back to somebody else’s floor and win in a Game 7 [over the Houston Rockets].

“That’s what championship teams do. That’s what championship players do. They rise to the occasion, and that’s what Golden State has done the last four years.”

Durant made four 3-pointers from 30-feet or beyond in Game 3, more than any team has made in a single playoff game in the past 20 years, according to ESPN. Furthermore, ESPN Stats & Info reported that Durant never made more than one shot in any game from 30 feet or beyond – regular season or playoff – before Wednesday, and that the Warriors were 0-4 during the 2017-2018 regular season when Durant scored 40 or more points.

“I just tried to play hard defense, tried to rebound as best as I could,” Durant said. “If my shots were there, I just take them patiently and with poise. I found some good spots, and my teammates did a great job of setting screens for me, setting me up. Coach did a great job of calling plays for me, and I just tried to come through and be aggressive.”

Curry made his only 3-pointer Wednesday with 2:38 left in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors a 101-97 lead. James nailed a 3-pointer at 1:57 to make it 101-100, but Andre Iguodala followed with a right-handed slam dunk and Durant swished a 3-pointer from 33-feet to make it 106-100 with 49.8 seconds to go.

Durant’s shot from long range was similar to last year’s deep 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals that the Warriors won in Cleveland. The Cavs won Game 4 last year, but lost Game 5 and the series in Oakland.

“It was a big shot,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Durant’s 3-pointer with 49.8 seconds left. “He was four or five feet behind the line, and he raised up and made a big shot for them. So, you know, kind of like he did last year. . . . He’s one of the best one-on-one players in our league, you know. Top two best players in our league. Holding Steph to 11 points and Klay [Thompson] to 10 [points], you would think you would win that game.

“I thought Durant hurt us with his one-on-one, getting to the free-throw line a little bit. But his one-on-one ability really saved them again.”

Curry said Durant’s success can be attributed to how “he works hard at his game.”

“He’s ready for those moments,” Curry said of Durant. “When you have that belief in yourself, the moment is never too big for you. So have the guts and composure to take the shot last year and [Wednesday night], it was big. I think he would live with the result knowing how much work he’s put into it. That’s what superstars do.”

There was no doubt that Durant was the brightest star in Game 3 on a team full of them.

“The margin of error against them is so little,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said. “I think that we fought very hard. Our schemes have been there. I know that K.D. had a – had one of his games that will go on his highlight reel and one that was incredible even by his standards.

“Then we forced two other juggernauts in Klay and Steph into some very tough shots, and both guys didn’t have the greatest games. So we gave ourselves a chance, same thing in Game 1. They just – like I said, that margin for error is so thin and so little against them that in some cases you almost have to be perfect.”