The Golden State Warriors are the 2017-2018 National Basketball Assn. champions, blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight 108-85 at Quicken Loans Arena in what may be LeBron James's last game for the OH team.
Durant, the engine behind the Warriors' offensive juggernaut, averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game as his team needed four games to dispose of the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Durant stated his case by registering his first playoff triple-double - 20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists - two nights after nearly singlehanded destroying the Cavs with 43 points, a playoff career-high, and 13 rebounds.
LeBron James led Cleveland with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, but also had six turnovers.
It says something that Finals MVP was trending for much of Game 4; the vote for the award was more competitive than the series.
The three-time champion, though, was being open and honest about the Cavs' chances to become the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs. With his future in doubt, James left with 4:03 remaining to chants of "MVP, MVP". "I just appreciate what he's done for us this season".
One game at a time may be a sports cliche.
While Curry was the star of the night, Kevin Durant also had a standout performance, picking up the first playoff triple double of his career. With the defeat, the focus turns to LeBron James because he's in all likelihood going to be a free agent this summer. After the game, James revealed that he'd broken his right hand punching a chalkboard after the Cavs' Game 1 meltdown in Oakland.
If the Golden State Warriors win the National Basketball Association championship on Friday night, it'll mark the earliest start to the offseason in more than three decades. While that was a joyous celebration after decades of heartbreak, the Warriors getting the result they were always expected to felt more like a relief after a long slog of a season, a result long expected and predicted by many before the season tipped off.
Through the first three games of the 2018 Finals, the Wine & Gold went toe-to-toe with the reigning Champs.
Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Still, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was quick to point out that his team has already defied huge odds. "I was there in the Hamptons (at the Durant recruiting session) when we had that discussion". The game was taken away from us. "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short".
Claiming a third title in four years puts the Warriors in even rarer company.
"I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business", LeBron said.