Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple double, and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight National Basketball Association title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships.
The Warriors could very well have been celebrating their fourth consecutive title had they not done the unthinkable in 2016 when, after a record-setting 73-win regular season, they became the first team to squander a 3-1 lead in the Finals.
Cleveland star LeBron James - playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals - left the game with 4:03 remaining and his team trailing 102-77. Stephen Curry scored 37 points with seven 3s, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.
James can opt out of his contract this offseason, and talk of him looking to leave his hometown team for the second time will not die down after the Cavs were swept despite him averaging 34 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the Finals. LeBron was removed for good with 4:03 left and after slapping hands with the Warriors, he took a seat as the crowd chanted "M-V-P".
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Cleveland fans seem to feel differently about James' possible departure this time around. He becomes the 11th player in league history to win the Finals MVP award multiple times. Free agents will line up for the chance to move west even if that means taking some pay cuts. I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and like you said, I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that.
Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard. I figured if I stayed laser sharp, if I came in with the right mentality, if I came in with the right mindset, that I could help fast-track this throughout a lot of the games in the postseason because of my experience and because of some of the other guys that experienced a lot of games. The potential of core of LeBron, Embiid and Ben Simmons would make the Sixers one of the favorites to win a championship. Four years after returning to Cleveland from Miami, James has delivered what he promised: a championship for the city of Cleveland.
The Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs with a 108-85 victory on Friday. With Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green leading the Warriors, LeBron and his cast of average teammates are overmatched in almost every category.
"You knew he was built for greatness from the time that he was drafted", James said. We can't get enough of this feeling. I'm never going to give up and never going to give in.