Shaking off one of his worst career playoff performances, Golden State star Steph Curry scored 37 points including seven 3-pointers Friday night to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 108-85 victory over Cleveland and back-to-back National Basketball Association titles.
Kevin Durant says that it does not matter whether he or Stephen Curry was named MVP of the NBA Finals after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. Klay Thompson scored just 10 points on four of 11 shooting while Stephen Curry chipped in with just 11 points on three of 16 shooting.
The Warriors inflicted the first 4-0 NBA Finals blanking since the Cavaliers were swept by San Antonio in 2007. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next. He finished his remarkable playoff run by scoring 23 points, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing off eight assists.
Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled and controversial Game 1.
The Wine & Gold will need a showing like that on Friday if they hope to stay alive this year. "Was able to finish the series off - that's what matters to us".
It was the fourth year in a row the Warriors met Cleveland in the finals.
Durant is one of 30 players to win the award. They probably would have lost even if LeBron's hand was healthy but it certainly didn't make things easier. He can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next month. The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1974. One of them was James, who sat slumped in his corner locker, bags of ice on his knees and a towel over his face.
It's a fascinating situation, because obviously, James is the kind of player who can impact the championship hopes of multiple teams by going somewhere.
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They couldn't wait any longer.
Heading into the playoffs, the Warriors appeared vulnerable.
Durant's Game 4 triple-double came on the heels of a ridiculous 43-point night in Game 3.
"The main difference is the our regular season defense was odd".
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.
That set up another reunion with James and the Cavs.
"When you play one of the best it brings the best out of you as well", Durant said of playing against James. Golden State will be looking to retool a roster that, despite its dominance, might require some modification. Rebounding and drawing fouls kept the Cavaliers in the game in the first half, but those advantages evaporated after halftime. For the entire postseason, James shot 34% on over five attempts per game.
Longtime network broadcaster Hubie Brown injured his knee while sitting courtside preparing before the game. "He's in good spirits and being treated by the medical staff on site".