Warriors Beat LeBron James, Cavs 108-85 to Claim 3rd NBA Title in 4 Seasons

Saturday - 09/06/2018 05:26
The Golden State Warriors continued their reign by capturing their third championship in four years with a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals. 
Tony Dejak/Associated Press
Tony Dejak/Associated Press

Stephen Curry, who was held to 11 points in Game 3, blew past that total in the first seven minutes on Friday and had 20 in the first half alone. 

After last year's historic playoff run with 15 straight wins and a 16-1 record overall, the Warriors took a different path to the title this time around. They were pushed to the limit against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals before prevailing in seven games. 

But this series was a testament to Golden State's unique and unmatched ability to make even the most difficult tasks look easy. The franchise is the first to win back-to-back titles since the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. 

The first quarter set the tempo for what was to come, especially with Curry seemingly having his way with Cleveland's defense:

Even with the poor shooting performance in Game 3, Curry was magnificent in the series, including 37 points in Friday's clincher, and averaged 27.5 points and 6.8 assists in four games. 

It wasn't enough to get Curry his first NBA Finals MVP award because Kevin Durant posted a triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 4. He averaged 28.8 points on 53.0 percent shooting, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists against the Cavs.  

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