Warriors sweep Cavs for third title in four years

Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/8/18 Free NBA Finals Game 4 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

James once again gave a heroic effort, but it was not enough to stem the overwhelming and balanced talent of Golden State, which came into the series looking for a sweep after Cleveland denied them the opportunity past year for a flawless playoffs run.

And for good measure, we asked him about the Golden State Warriors, too.

Durant scored 20 points while registering a triple-double in the series clincher but his efforts will be remembered mostly for the playoff career-high 43 points he scored in a pivotal Game Three that all but sealed the title.

On Friday, the Cavaliers clawed back from an 11-point deficit before pulling in front on a slam dunk from James near the midway mark of the second quarter, but it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 43 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the three-point line which was good enough to keep them in the game due to their defense, but they just had no answer for Kevin Durant who scorched them for a game-high 43 points on 15 of 23 shooting. But the weight of having to shoulder so much of the load throughout the Playoffs seemed to catch up with James in Friday's finale.

Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers previous year - also down 3-0 to the Warriors, they won by 19 to force one more game - to prepare, knowing they'd face a focused opponent. Just keep growing as a player.

LeBron didn't get a ton of help from his supporting cast in Game 4.

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James was stellar in defeat, averaging 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series. Game 3 of this year's Finals brought in a total audience of 17.9 million sets of eyeballs watching on ABC on Wednesday night. Opening night is four months away, after all. Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Rodney Hood added a combined 33 points, but shot just 11-35 from the field.

Curry made his first three shots, including an off-balance 3-pointer when he was trying to draw a foul as he shot. In the other three quarters combined, the Warriors outscored their opponents by a total of 47 points. They were a ideal 16-of-16 from the stripe and handed out 25 assists on 39 made baskets.

That trend played out at the worst possible time - with the Warriors turning it up offensively while holding the Wine & Gold to 24 percent shooting in the period.

ESPN Radio broadcaster and Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown was injured shortly before Game 4 of the NBA Finals and was taken to a nearby hospital for an apparent knee injury. They understand when they get on the court with me or if they check up with me, they know what it is.

Instead, Cleveland is only left to wonder if James is a game from leaving.

The self-proclaimed King, who revealed he was playing with an injured right hand, is now 3-6 in nine trips to the Finals. The next closest players are Larry Bird and Tim Duncan with 21 apiece.

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