Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

The Cleveland Cavaliers went out with a whimper in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and were swept by the Golden State Warriors.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row.

The Warriors completed their second straight championship victory by inflicting the ninth sweep in National Basketball Association history and first since 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs swept the Cavaliers and a young LeBron James.

They played well enough to win this game, but awful defensive execution down the stretch and Kevin Durant proved too much for Cleveland to overcome.

Durant is the 11th player to win the Finals MVP twice.

Stephen Curry scored 37 in the sweep clincher - two games after he set a Finals record with nine 3-pointers. Klay Thompson scored just 10 points on four of 11 shooting while Stephen Curry chipped in with just 11 points on three of 16 shooting. James is now 3-6 all time in the Finals. "Understanding how important a game is on the road for our ball club, what [winning it] would have done for us".

LeBron James didn't waste any time getting off the floor Friday night, but unlike last time he left Cleveland, he didn't rip off his jersey.

Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages. "Was able to finish the series off - that's what matters to us".

If you are a fan of the Bulls and Michael Jordan, Thursday represents the 20th anniversary of one of the most memorable shots in NBA Finals history. The series ended in a sweep, and now, all eyes are on whatever LeBron James is going to do next.

These Warriors took the league by storm in 2015, jumping to the front of the line to claim the franchise's first title in 40 years with a lovable group of players that no one (including the Warriors themselves) quite understood were starting a revolution.

He added that all of the recent title teams with combinations of mega-stars, including his run with the Miami Heat as well as the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs and the Warriors, have found success in part due to their smarts.

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say. James, however, has stuffed a stat sheet unlike anyone before him, and has a chance at finishing a second consecutive finals averaging a triple-double.

"Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand".

Brown was working his 17th NBA Finals.

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