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.
Golden State, which has won eight of its last nine NBA Finals games against the Cavs, is a back-to-back champion for the first time in franchise history and has captured the title in three of the last four years.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on June 8, LeBron James, 33, revealed that he played the last three games with a right hand injury. Forward Kevin Durant had a triple double and won his second straight finals MVP, while Warriors team leader Stephen Curry had 37 points, including seven three pointers.
Durant averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in the series.
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 LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James scored a post-season career-high 51 points in Game 1 of the series.
James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. The Cavs' reign lasted only one year, destroyed by Durant's shocking departure from Oklahoma City for the 73-win Warriors, a team he couldn't beat but was glad to join.
Let's be totally honest here, did we really think that Embiid wouldn't be the first one to say something to James?
And for good measure, we asked him about the Golden State Warriors, too. And it's no secret that Golden State is the superior team with more overall talent and depth.
"Can't get enough of this feeling so we're going to celebrate it together", Curry said. "Just try to keep our composure as best we can because close-out games are the hardest things that you can ever experience in the playoffs". James was subbed out for Cedi Osman with 4:03 remaining, shook hands with a few of the Warriors players on his way to the bench, and walked off the court shortly after time expired. "They made some mini-runs, but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over".
"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games and carry this team the way he did is a testament to his character", Lue said. "From five years ago until now, it seems like he's 10 times better, because he's added so much skill to his game".
LeBron James was relaxed, reflective and even resigned to his fate. I'll wake up Friday morning, I'll be locked in on the game plan and what needs to be done to help our team win.