Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title

LeBron James

The Golden State Warriors won Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 to claim their third championship in four years and sweep the finals 4-0.

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.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on June 8, LeBron James, 33, revealed that he played the last three games with a right hand injury.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Kevin Durant, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, added 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the first finals triple double of his career.

Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers a year ago - also down 3-0 to the Warriors, they won by 19 to force one more game - to prepare, knowing they'd face a focused opponent. James still shot 49% from the field over the last three games, but just 27% on three-point attempts with fewer than four attempts per game.

In the process, a bit of National Basketball Association history was made as Golden State is the first team to sweep the Finals since 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs schooled the Cavs.

While Cleveland were the clear underdog in the NBA Finals, they certainly had their chances, blowing a 13-point lead in Game 3 and giving away a win on the road in the opener after a disastrous final 36 seconds in regulation.

If any one of those things are different, the Cavaliers probably win Game 1.

"That's how you know we're a great team, is when everybody's coming after us", Durant said. One, there's the concern of how the Golden State Warriors would have defended him. And it's no secret that Golden State is the superior team with more overall talent and depth.

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say.

Windhorst said that James did not want the information getting out for fear of the Warriors targeting him on defense or guarding him differently.

"They made so many runs over the course of 48 minutes but our will took over".

LeBron will become a free agent in July but it seems like fan should have a pretty good idea of what he will do before that date.

"If you can get healthy and guys are playing at the right level at the same time, then you can feel like you can beat anybody".

Durant's competition was stiff and two-pronged, between his teammate Steph Curry and opponent LeBron James. I'll wake up Friday morning, I'll be locked in on the game plan and what needs to be done to help our team win.

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