The Golden State Warriors are the 2017-2018 National Basketball Assn. champions, blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight 108-85 at Quicken Loans Arena in what may be LeBron James's last game for the OH team.
The fourth consecutive NBA Finals match-up between the two rivals proved to be the most lopsided as the Warriors won the latest best-of-seven series in four games, which could mark the end of James' second tenure with the Cavs.
Curry, who had the terrible Game 3 after a record-setting Game 2, when he nailed a Finals all-time best nine 3-pointers, left the Cavaliers crowd muttering when he ended the half with a long 3-pointer to stake the Warriors to a 61-52 lead. With his 43-point performance in Game 3, Durant joined Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in their first 13 finals games.
James was stellar in defeat, averaging 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series.
"You can never count out a champion, no matter what's going on in the course of their season", Cleveland star LeBron James said, lauding the Warriors.
The last four NBA Finals have been between the Warriors and Cavs, with Golden State winning three titles.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.
"Self-inflicted, post-game after game one".
Shaw has been a photographer for Getty Images for 20 years, charged with the hard task of taking a sport as kinetic as basketball and capturing it into still moment for both next-day recaps and basketball historians who will look back on the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry for years to come.
It doesn't quite rise to the level of a war of words - these two teams spend a lot of time complimenting one another - but Stephen Curry took mild umbrage with something James said after Game 3.More news: Cavs' LeBron James stresses importance of basketball IQ in assembling title contender
Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.
James finished with 23 points. "I had emotions of you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1, and I let the emotions get the best of me".
"The biggest thing we appreciate in the locker room is what everybody brings to the table. All season, getting up, going to work with these guys is wonderful", Durant said.
If you have cable or DirecTV or Dish Network, simply go here to access Watch ESPN for the free NBA Finals live stream. Hood's 15 points gave himself and the Cavaliers new life, creating offense where there was none.
He does not have much of a supporting cast in Cleveland and some reports suggest he could go to the Houston Rockets, a team that boasted the best record during the regular season and features his close friend Chris Paul.
"When you get on the podium and you realize all the hard work that you put into it and all that you've been through led to that moment, it never gets boring", Curry said.
Draymond Green added nine points, nine assists and three blocks in the win, which gave Golden State six all-time championships, tying Chicago for the third-most in National Basketball Association history behind Boston (17) and the Los Angeles Lakers (16).
"When you make mistakes they make you pay", he said, "because they're already more talented than you are but they also have the minds behind it, too, and they also have the championship DNA".
James was given a standing ovation when he was subbed out with 4:03 left.
Months of weight will lifted off him once the Warriors, who haven't lost four straight games since 2013, are crowned again.