Winning four games in the NBA Finals isn’t easy. The Golden State Warriors only made it look that way.
That’s what happens when four All-Stars – Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green – and a collection of talented reserves play team basketball on offense and defense.
The Warriors are champions for the third time in four seasons, joining just three other NBA franchises to win at least three titles in four year. The talk of a Warriors dynasty can begin now.
Golden State completed the sweep – the ninth sweep in Finals history – against Cleveland with a 108-85 victory in Game 4 on Friday in what was possibly LeBron James’ last game as a Cavalier.
James had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. It wasn’t his best game of the series – James also had six turnovers and five fouls – and there wasn’t much offense that worked against these Warriors, who led for much of the game. By the middle of the third quarter, the Warriors led 77-60.
It’s difficult to come back against Golden State, and the Cavs didn’t have a comeback in them after losing the first three games of the series.
Former Washington State star Klay Thompson only scored 10 points in game four, but still averaged roughly 20 points per game in the 2018 playoffs. That's his second best output in his six-year postseason career.
Curry scored 20 of his team-high 37 points in the first half, Durant had a triple-double: 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and he also had three blocks and one steal.
Asked before the game if he wanted to win a title in four games in Cleveland or in five games at home, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “They both sound awesome to me. I'll take either one.”