Golden State now holds a 3-0 lead in the best of seven series, which no team in National Basketball Association history has ever come back from.
After Durant scored, Curry and Green rushed to his side and the trio walked back toward Golden State's bench where the other Warriors were hugging and high-fiving.
Of Durant's 43-points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in Golden State's 110-102 victory, Perkins told ESPN, "Man, KD".
"That's the challenge right there", he said softly about the Warriors and their four stars: Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green. The Warriors now hold a 2-0 series lead.
Some Warriors believe it was a unsafe play by Perkins and told ESPN that was the reason the 6-foot-3 guard confronted the 6-foot-10 center, resulting in the two standing face-to-face and exchanging words in front of the Cavaliers bench before being separated. Game 3 of this series will probably be remembered by how the Cavaliers, even with Curry missing 13 of his first 14 shots, dominated stretches of the first half and went into the locker room only up by six.
Perkins isn't the only Cavalier frustrated by the play of Durant, who's averaging 31.6 points in the Finals.
James finished with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Game 3, accounting for his 10th triple-double in the NBA Finals, adding to his all-time record (Magic Johnson is second with eight).
A big component of the difference in his scoring can be explained by looking at how much more often he gets to the free-throw line while playing in front of a home crowd in Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game.
LeBron James might be playing his "last" game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the National Basketball Association superstar prepares to become a free agent on July 1.
For Curry and sharpshooter Klay Thompson, Game 3 was a nightmare, at least until the final moments. He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year's Finals. The Cavs simply don't have the horsepower to hang for 48 minutes, and when you're down 0-3 in the series, you're now battling the fact guys check out.
But the Warriors are just never that easy to put away. Game three looks to be a big determination on where the series goes. Kevin Love swished a 3 on the first possession, J.R. Smith coolly sank one on the second, and the shots continued to rain - and slam - in.