NBA Finals Game 3 memes: Kevin Durant photo goes viral

On a golden night for Golden State, even a jaw-dropping LeBron James dunk couldn't save the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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It's not looking good for the Cleveland Cavaliers, now down three games in the NBA Finals after losing to the Golden State Warriors 102-110 at home.

But it was looking very good for Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who delivered 43 points and a gem of a performance. Durant not only starred on the court, he starred in the biggest Twitter meme that built up during and after the game.

After Durant sank a big shot, teammates Steph Curry and Draymond Green surrounded KD, looking thrilled, while the camera caught Durant himself looking unperturbed. On Twitter, creative captions flew like three-pointers.

It wasn't as great a night for LeBron James and the Cavs, but in one memorable moment, James grabbed a self-pass off the backboard for an electrifying dunk.

But James aside, the memes were pretty depressing if you're a Cavs fan.

The Finals could wrap up with Game 4 Friday night in Cleveland. If the Cavaliers manage a win, the series would head back to Oakland on Monday for Game 5.

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