James was on the Cleveland team that lost 4-0 to San Antonio in 2007 as well. After dropping a monstrous 51 points in Game 1 of the Finals, James' approach did appear different in Games 2, 3, and 4. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
Curry top scored but it was Kevin Durant who was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, adding 20 points, 12 rebounds and a post-season career high of 10 assists.
On the night, the reigning Finals MVP went 15-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and a ideal 7-of-7 from the line, adding 13 boards, seven assists and a steal in the victory.
The game reached its zenith in the fourth when Curry finally found his range, hitting his only three with the game on the line, but finishing just 3-16 from the floor. But Golden State, catching a break when Houston star guard Chris Paul was forced to sit with a hamstring injury, showed a champion's poise by winning two straight.
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Of course, Durant's value is obvious in every game. "But we've got to come out and got to play 48 minutes". The Cavaliers had that tonight, with Kevin Love working well in the post and finishing with 20 points.
James confirmed that he was playing with an injured hand in the press conference following the Cavs embarrassing performance in Game 4.
Cleveland came out of the gate strong on Wednesday night, taking 12-point leads in both the first and second quarters, but Golden State showed why they're able to overcome nearly any obstacle. The Warriors went 8-1 against the Cavs in the last two Finals. We can't get enough of this feeling. If the series were to end in a sweep, he would need to pull down 13 rebounds and dish out eight assists to pull off the feat.
Durant did in the Cavaliers in similar fashion in Game 3 one season ago and he was even more deadly this time around.
But it was only a matter of time before the Warriors, who boast perhaps the most potent offense the National Basketball Association has ever seen, took over, using a dominant third quarter to build a 21-point cushion that left the Cavs' hopes of a comeback in their wake. It was a rough way for them to go out, especially after how close Game 1 was. And if you want to reach back to a long-ago era, the Boston Celtics of the 1950s and 1960s. Became the ninth team to sweep a finals and first to win consecutive titles since James did it with Miami in 2012 and 2013.
While this was perhaps their most hard season, they found a way to overcome a 3-2 deficit against the Rockets and then cruise through the Finals. "I think we love to see each other succeed", NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant told reporters.
Brown was working his 17th NBA Finals.