Warriors rout Cavaliers to complete NBA Finals sweep
Jun 10 2018
The Golden State Warriors repeated as National Basketball Association champions with a 108-85 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday morning (Singapore time) to extend a stunning run that has included three titles in the last four seasons.
James was unable to prevent the ClevelandCavaliers from falling to a 108-85 defeat against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals this morning.
Durant, while not his best shooting night (7-17), played inspired defense and finished with a triple-double (20 points, 12 boards, 10 assists) en route to winning back-to-back Finals MVPs. To go with his prodigious point total, he is averaging 10.7 assists and 9 rebounds a game. "With 43 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists the 6'9" soft-spoken Warrior along with his supporting cast, executed exactly what the Warriors team is known for - Strength in Numbers.
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron Jamesrevealed Friday after his team was swept in the NBA Finals that he played the last three games with a broken right hand.
The fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the two rivals proved to be the most lopsided as the Warriors won the latest best-of-seven series in four games.
The East might be a wild race, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston probably all likely to enter the year thinking they have NBA Finals potential - as will any team that has James on its roster next fall.
And then, nearly by accident, James delivered a devastating zinger on the former front office of the Trail Blazers, who drafted Greg Oden first overall instead of Durant. After the half the Warriors held an over 20 point lead, extending it to over 25 points by the final quarter.
Sources told ESPN that the injury was the result of James' punching a whiteboard in the locker room after that game. James also laid out a potential blueprint for the Cavs to follow if they want to keep him.
"It's just about the journey, all season", said Durant.
A favorite hasn't emerged to sign James in the event he opts out of the final year of his deal with the Cavaliers, but there is a group of teams that figures to jockey for his services come July 1. James averaged 34 points in his 13th postseason, his second-highest total.
Cavaliers fans waited outside the Warriors' team hotel after the loss apparently to heckle the players. And the ending was a sweep, the second of James' career in the NBA Finals and perhaps a most unceremonious end to his time in Cleveland.
"I had emotions on the game was taken away from us", James said.
"Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you're looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they're stacked better than us".
Stephen Curry was 3-16 from the field, with only 11 points, a rare performance for this all star.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Durant sees the hard work as being true to his teammates and his love for a game that took him from suburban Washington DC to worldwide stardom.