June 19, 2018

Warriors sweep away Cavaliers to repeat as National Basketball Association champions

09 June 2018, 03:43 | Joan Schultz

Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors

LeBron James

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 37 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to their second consecutive championship with a 108-85 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday in Cleveland.

The Golden State Warriors, who have long stated their desire to be perennial title contenders, moved into full dynasty mode on Friday by capturing their third National Basketball Association championship in four seasons. They traded Kyrie Irving against LeBron's wishes and whittled down their return for the star point guard to spare parts and the No. 8 pick - a valuable asset, but one that didn't help the 2018 Cavs compete in these playoffs.

The sweep was the first since 2007 when Cleveland was swept by San Antonio and only the ninth in Finals history. James was frustrated by the overturned offensive foul on the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant with less than a minute remaining in regulation, which was changed to a blocking foul on James following a replay review by the official, and not JR Smith's lack of recognition in the final seconds, sources said. They're hoping he will join a team fit to take on the dynastic Warriors. The team does not have much cap space to sign free agents and they lack assets for a significant trade.

The sheer ease of their disposal of the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship series sent a loud and clear message to the league that they are not about to vacate their perch any time soon. There's even a new arena coming in a year or so for the Golden State Warriors to call home.

The Warriors won only 58 games during the regular season, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence, and that included going 7-10 in their final 17 games of the schedule.

"I have no idea at this point", LeBron said after Golden State swept Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Now, as James said Thursday, "everyone is trying to figure out" how to assemble a team to knock off a dynasty.

Watch LeBron James Leave Floor After Warriors Complete Sweep of Cavs
James described that Game 1 loss as "very emotional" for him. "For a lot of different reasons", he continued. James is, of course, right-handed. "So it's not like you would think that he would fizzle out", James said.

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The Warriors began defence of their title as a No. 2 seed and their season was in serious jeopardy when they fell behind 3-2 to presumptive MVP James Harden and the Rockets.

Durant is one of 30 players to win the award. "You've got two guys with MVPs on their team". James, 33, is the oldest finals leader in points and minutes, having struck for 51 points in the opener, the fifth-best game total in finals history.

Stephen Curry already has as many baskets in the first quarter of Game 4 as in all of Game 3. Can't get enough of this feeling. They cruised to 67 wins, then looked utterly dominant in posting a 16-1 record in the postseason - including winning their first 15 games of the playoffs - that was capped by beating the Cavaliers in five games to win the title.

James, who left to a standing ovation, can opt out of his contract during this offseason.

Steve Kerr got asked a light-hearted question before Game 4 of the NBA Finals - and the Golden State coach loved it.

Golden boys: Kevin Durant, second from left, celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers. He scored 23 points in what turned out to be the last game of the finals last night.

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