Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland Cavaliers for second straight title

Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland Cavaliers for second straight title

These historically great Warriors and Cleveland's inept supporting cast have left LeBron looking spent.

That included a victory over the Warriors past year in the NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers were in the same 3-0 deficit they faced Friday.

"We knew that they were going to come out with a tough first punch and we answered it and ran right back at them and set the tone for the whole game", said Curry.

Cleveland came out of the gate strong on Wednesday night, taking 12-point leads in both the first and second quarters, but Golden State showed why they're able to overcome nearly any obstacle.

Andre Iguodala also made a pair of 3-pointers after entering early when Klay Thompson went to the bench with two fouls. Golden State led by 11 in the first quarter, fell behind midway through the second, and went into the locker room with momentum after Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the period.

The win added to the Golden State Warriors' victories in 2015 and 2017 and was the first finals clean sweep since the Cavs were demolished by San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

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Cleveland star LeBron James - playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals - left the game with 4:03 remaining and his team trailing 102-77.

James got a somewhat modest ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd when he exited the game for the final time. His postseason marks for efficiency in isolation * a href="*GE*75&sort=PPP&dir=1" *(1.01 points per possession) and post-ups * a href="*E*kev" *(1.10 points per possession) would have ranked 15th and second in the league in the regular season, among players with at least 75 possessions.

"We all want something that's bigger than ourselves", Durant said.

His 43-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist performance is ideal for Basketball-Reference Play Index bingo. No other Warrior had more than 11 points.

Rodney Hood added 10 points. "Even when you do defend them well, they've got guys like Steph and KD who can make unbelievable shots".

Love has been matched up often against Draymond Green, who's having a quiet statistical series - averaging 9.3 points on 52 percent shooting - but has been solid on both ends of the floor, averaging 8.3 assists and 2.3 steals through the first three games. His nine quick points sent the Warriors to a 13-3 lead.

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