Warriors beat Cavaliers for third National Basketball Association title in four years

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He already had more points than in that 11-point outing. Andre Iguodala returned to the court and chipped in with eight points in 22 minutes of action.

James finished with 23 points. He didn't get the foul, but his hurl was good for a 13-3 lead that stunned the crowd.

Head to head, the under is 10-3 in the last 13 games overall and the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

There were two near universal opinions in and around this arena leading up to Game 4. There was no immediate word on the status or severity of his injury. He has given Cleveland it's greatest four-year stretch of sports in the city's history.

Cleveland has won seven straight Game 4s, dating to last season. He set a Finals record with nine three-pointers in Game 2.

The Cavs are facing elimination for the fourth time this postseason.

While this was perhaps their most hard season, they found a way to overcome a 3-2 deficit against the Rockets and then cruise through the Finals.

The Warriors have morphed into a shot-making, scoreboard-breaking behemoth stacked from top to bottom with Hall of Fame-level talent like Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Yet Golden State won anyway with relative ease because Durant took over the game, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the Warriors' scoring output while also leading the team in rebounds (13) and assists (7).

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It's also the only way the Cavaliers can survive. Here's a look at the team's recent playoff appearances: 2016 - 2017: NBA Champions. No one gave them a chance to beat the Golden State Warriors, for obvious reasons. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who took a medical leave this season while battling anxiety, said he intends to return. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. "So our main focus is tonight, our Game 4". "We still have to keep that enthusiasm, trust and belief that we can get this thing done".

James said his decision to bolt from the Cavs the first time was simple.

There is no one out there who thinks that the Cavs would have won if James hadn't hurt his hand. "He has a lot of things going on as well".




In some ways the Cavaliers never recovered after almost upsetting Golden State on the road in Game 1 of the series.

"I have no idea at this point", LeBron said after Golden State swept Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Plus, Golden State will get better.

"They both sound awesome", Kerr said.

But if it happens, at least he'll be in elite company.

The other four guys to be twice-swept? He is rumored to be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers or the Los Angeles Lakers.

At 33, James might have played his final game for the Cavaliers.

"I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", he said.

Hobbled by a Friday night ender, the last game of the 2018 NBA Finals is not actually that reflective of how well the playoffs fared.

Cleveland's task is now as daunting as it gets: No team in National Basketball Association history has overcome a 3-0 series deficit, though it's happened four times in the NHL and once in Major League Baseball. Since then, the earliest any title series has ended was June 12.

The path to this title was more precarious than the first two for coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who overcame injuries, expectations, a built-to-dethrone-them Rockets team and the brilliance of James, who may have played his final game in Cleveland.

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