Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Warriors light up Cavaliers in third quarter, win NBA Finals

Warriors light up Cavaliers in third quarter, win NBA Finals

Stephen Curry was 3-16 from the field, with only 11 points, a rare performance for this all star.

The prolific scorer who still catches flak for his free-agency decision two years ago, gave his teammate a deep hug.

The Warriors are champs again.

Shaking off one of his worst career playoff performances, Golden State star Steph Curry scored 37 points including seven 3-pointers Friday night to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 108-85 victory over Cleveland and back-to-back National Basketball Association titles. "This was the hardest one we've had by far", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Just the length of the journey". The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1969.

This outcome seemed inevitable when they walked on the court before the game and even before the 2017-18 season began. With LeBron entering free agency in the 2018 off-season, and many speculating he would leave Cleveland, many fans believed this was King James's last game as a Cavalier.

"All of us together are just unselfish", said Warriors centre JaVale McGee. He clinched a second consecutive Finals MVP award with his triple-double on Friday. By declining his player option for $26.2 million next season, Durant would have two options. It's good to be around guys like this.

Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing.

"We just know how to win", Curry said.

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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.

James was stellar in defeat, averaging 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series. Switching the plays from Curry to Durant, Coach Kerr, chalked in yet another victory for his franchise. "I mean, we all know that", Lue insisted.

Want real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? It didn't look like they were going to have enough. With Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green leading the Warriors, LeBron and his cast of average teammates are overmatched in almost every category. It was that effort that likely won him his second-straight individual Finals honor. Became the ninth team to sweep a finals and first to win consecutive titles since James did it with Miami in 2012 and 2013.

"When a guy like Kevin Durant is hitting these shots, it's a joy to watch". George Hill and Rodney Hood shot a combined 5 of 20.

"LeBron James played the last three games of this series with a significantly injured right hand, a hand that he injured punching a blackboard in the locker room at Golden State after Game 1", Windhorst reported.

James finished with 23 points before being taken out with four minutes left in the game.

So besides Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson and Cooper, the only other player to appear in two finals sweep losses was Wes Unseld - with the Bullets in 1971 and 1975. The Philadelphia 76ers are considered one of the favorite destinations for him regardless of Embiid sending him tweets immediately after the Finals is over. Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age.

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