Aside from Rodney Hood, who came out firing after being buried on the bench the first two games, Cavs players not named James who thrived in the first half shrunk.
Cleveland raced into a 16-4 lead in the first half, the highlight being James throwing a pass to himself off the backboard and finishing with a dunk.
Game 4 is set for Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Curry was coming off a Game 2 in which he hit a Finals-record nine 3-pointers en route to 33 points.
Durant had 11 points in the run and grabbed all seven Golden State rebounds in the opening quarter.
"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in The Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost as well".
"There is just a sense that we're all on the same team and nobody cares about whose team it is and all that stuff", Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday.
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Speaking of KD, he had arguably the best game of his career, dropping 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting along with 13 rebounds and seven assists, including a dagger from nearly the exact same spot as the one he hit in Game 3 previous year.
"The one he made tonight was 4 or 5 feet behind the one he made previous year", Cavaliers forward LeBron James said.
"That wasn't the same shot", James said. "It's nearly like playing the Patriots".
While Curry was struggling to find his shooting stroke, Durant was having one of his patented offensive outbursts.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
Meanwhile, the spine of the Warriors this postseason, and in the NBA Finals, can get overshadowed though never unheard.
James has hit the 30-point mark 110 times out of the 238 career playoff games he has suited up for. "Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry".
James, who can be a free agent in July, stopped just short of saying the Cavaliers don't have enough to beat these Warriors.
"It's a tie between MJ and Kob", Durant said. His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed.