But all of that variance just culminated in an entirely familiar and predictable result, with Golden State Warriors flat-out bullying the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in a four-game sweep after a clinical 108-85 finishing blow.
By the start of the fourth quarter, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row.
Durant, who had a playoff career-best 43 points in game three, became only the sixth back-to-back finals MVP.
James was stellar in defeat, averaging 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series.
The last four NBA Finals have been between the Warriors and Cavs, with Golden State winning three titles.
The first one came in 2015, the second in 2017 and now in 2018.
There was one game, however, that James and the Cavs nearly stole. He came back. He brought Cleveland an National Basketball Association title.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are now just one win away from another NBA Championship after outlasting the Cavaliers in their own building. By the middle of the third quarter, the Warriors led 77-60. He has maintained his streak of scoring 25 or more points in his first 13 Finals games.
"We just know how to win and we really appreciate what everyone brings to the table every single game" Curry said.
"This is about the journey, getting up every day and going to work with these guys, it was awesome", Durant said. It was that effort that likely won him his second-straight individual Finals honor.
Greg Oden, beset by chronic injuries, played parts of two seasons in Portland, averaging eight points per game.
He can't be guarded now - and he wants to keep growing. "Unbelievable feeling to come in here on a mission and get the job done".
LeBron James, who after the game revealed that he was playing with a severe injury to his shooting hand, only attempted 13 shots. Curry and McGee (yeah, he was a legitimate factor again) boosting Golden State to a 67-52 lead and sending Cleveland scurrying to a timeout. Curry went 7-for-15 behind the arc after making just one of 10 attempts in Game 3.
"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".
After a (very rare) brutal performance in Game 3, Steph Curry rebounded with a typical Steph Curry performance.
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When James left Game 4 for the last time he bumped fists with some Warriors players, but avoided using his right hand.
In the midst of NBA Finals, one of the biggest hip-hop battles in years took place between Drake and Pusha T. After both artists released diss records against each other, it was reported that rap mogul J. Prince convinced Drake to not respond to Pusha T's lethal, "The Story of Adidon".
Just 0.85 percent responded that they had previously wanted Northern Ireland to join Ireland and now wanted to remain British. Both sides want a deal by October to avoid barriers on the Irish land border that might fuel new conflict in the north.
Zampella said that it would be during the "dark times" and that naturally, players will pick up a lightsaber during the game. EA Games, which acquired Respawn in 2017, confirmed that the game centers on "a surviving Padawan".
It was the second time the Warriors have secured the championship in Cleveland during Kerr's four-year tenure. After the half the Warriors held an over 20 point lead, extending it to over 25 points by the final quarter.
Doria Ragland was close to tears as she watched her daughter Meghan Markle walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in May. One guardsman stood out: Charanpreet Singh Lall , a 22-year-old Sikh from Leicester , who wore a black turban.
A foot injury - and then surgery - had put her career on ice for 10 months and her ranking had nosedived to 323 in the world. She first came close to winning the French Open in 2014, losing a three-set final to Maria Sharapova .
If you missed the deadline to register to vote, thanks to a new law, you can still do so at the Registrar of Voters in person. That's an 18.8 per cent increase from 2014, when an estimated 647,261 voters turned up at advance polls.
The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the USA actually has a trade surplus with Canada. You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.
The final between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens takes place on Saturday 9 June at Roland-Garros and starts at 2pm (UK time). She used her stunning defense to hit a perfectly placed lob and force Halep to mis-hit an off-balance smash.