Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 43 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the three-point line which was good enough to keep them in the game due to their defense, but they just had no answer for Kevin Durant who scorched them for a game-high 43 points on 15 of 23 shooting.
James, perhaps playing his final game for the Cavaliers, had his least productive outing of the series, recording 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in his eighth consecutive trip to the Finals.
The visiting Warriors made an NBA-record 15-0 start to last year's playoffs with 3 sweeps and a 3-0 lead on the Cavs before suffering their only playoff loss, eventually taking the title in 5 games.
"We just know how to win and we really appreciate what everyone brings to the table every single game" Curry said. When you win a championship and you're around guys for a long period of time, and you know what you're capable of doing, all you need is to get healthy. "I don't think we've put our best game together yet, which is encouraging, because what better time to do that?"
"Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you're looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they're stacked better than us".
"Self-inflicted, post-game after game one".
Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors received a lot of scrutiny, but his time in Golden State has been an outright success. James' free agent plans are more complicated.
James apparently broke his hand after punching the whiteboard in the locker room in frustration after the first game of the series with the Warriors, when teammate J.R. Smith inexplicably dribbled away from the basket rather than take a short-range shot with the score tied and seconds remaining in regulation.More news: Alexander Zverev is finally realising his potential in show of stamina
Durant also picked up his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP award.
The Warriors buried the Cavaliers in the third quarter, holding them to 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting.
If the Warriors win the championship again - and no team has blown a 3-0 series lead in the NBA Finals - then all the hiccups of the regular season will be forgotten.
But it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over.
"I hope he stays", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
"Wherever that puts us in the conversation in the history of the National Basketball Association or being a dynasty. we'll have plenty of time to discuss that later". "They can make plays". And then you've got a guy in Klay (Thompson) who could easily be on a team and carry a team, scored 40 in a quarter before.
"I've got a big smile on my face right now", Curry said. The East might be a wild race, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston probably all likely to enter the year thinking they have NBA Finals potential - as will any team that has James on its roster next fall. Green, McGee and Andre Iguodala were defensive forces all night, tag-teaming James, while combining for 26 points, too.