Warriors beat Cavaliers for third National Basketball Association title in four years
Warriors beat Cavaliers for third National Basketball Association title in four years
6 jokes Le Bron James has made despite the Cavs rough NBA Finals
09 June, 2018, 14:53
Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Kevin Durant, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, added 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the first finals triple double of his career.
"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher.
"You guys like this brace, huh?" "They can make plays". "Getting up every day, going to work with these guys, it's awesome".
With the Finals MVP award up for grabs, I expect Curry to bounce back from his rough shooting night in Game 3 and lead the Warriors to an easy win to cap off the season. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
With his 43-point performance in Game 3, Durant joined Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in their first 13 finals games. He plopped down in a chair and draped a towel over his broad shoulders, looking like a boxer on a corner stool. Houston finished seven games ahead of the Warriors in the regular season, earning the right to be the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. They are officially a dynasty, wing back-to-back titles and three out of four", one fan tweeted while another wrote, "So much unnecessary hate, but they earned everything they can enjoy now, nothing came by mistake.
"It was one of those games that you dream about having as a player where everything falls into place", he remembers. His 98 career threes in the Finals are also a record that will most likely continue to rise in the coming years.
Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1.
"Kevin Durant was great at 23", he said.
And they may stay that way.
The Warriors used a dominant third quarter to build a 21-point lead that left the Cavaliers' hopes of a series comeback in their wake. Over the course of his 12-year National Basketball Association career, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and yet, never made an All-Star team.
He is rumored to be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers or the Los Angeles Lakers.
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It may have been the final game in Cleveland for the 33-year-old, who is expected to opt out of his $35.6 million contract for 2019 next month and become a free agent.
"We know we can beat this team and we have to have the confidence to do that", said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
"I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business", LeBron said. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well.
"He's a bad boy and I love having him on our team. So I don't have an answer for you right now as far as that".
Curry was essential in the championship as well, averaging 27.5 points, 6.8 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.
That almost wound up costing the Warriors dearly, as fourth-quarter collapses in both Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals allowed Houston take a 3-2 lead in the series, and move Golden State to within a game of elimination. None of them were consistent in the playoffs, and Nance Jr. appears to have the highest ceiling. There were lingering questions about Curry's sprained left knee that sidelined him for nearly six weeks and kept him out of Golden State's first-round series against San Antonio.
Kerr was forced to mix and match lineups, and it became obvious the Warriors weren't going to go 16-1 and storm their way to a title like they did in 2017.
Yet after falling behind 3-2 to the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors prevailed, sparked by their unparalleled talent but also a sense of historical understanding. But Golden State, catching a break when Houston star guard Chris Paul was forced to sit with a hamstring injury, showed a champion's poise by winning two straight.
That set up another reunion with James and the Cavs.
In 2014 the Heat and the San Antion Spurs faced off in a series that the Spurs eventually won in five games.
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After a game like that I'm not in any position to talk about any of that. "I think we love to see each other succeed". 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.
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