Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
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Warriors’ Durant wins second straight NBA Finals MVP

Warriors’ Durant wins second straight NBA Finals MVP

The Golden State Warriors are the 2017-2018 National Basketball Assn. champions, blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight 108-85 at Quicken Loans Arena in what may be LeBron James's last game for the OH team. Looking like they were in second gear for most of the season, the Warriors won perhaps the most uninspiring 58 games in National Basketball Association history, and ceded home court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs to the Houston Rockets in the process.

It was the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when James was dismissed by a powerful San Antonio team in his first one. Steph Curry and his crew blew out the Cavs 108-85 to take the series 4-0.

Throughout the playoffs, James tried to will his team to victory, averaging 37.7 points, 10.7 assist and 9 rebounds a game heading into the last game. James scored 51 points in Game 1, going 7-of-16 from the field on shots from 10 feet and out in Game 1.He struggled shooting from such distances in the remaining three games, going a collective 5-of-19. This summer, role players will leave, and new guys will be added in their place - the competition around the league never yields and the unsavory, mercenary realities of the professional game compound year-over-year.

And then, nearly by accident, James delivered a devastating zinger on the former front office of the Trail Blazers, who drafted Greg Oden first overall instead of Durant.

Durant would be the frontrunner to take out the award having dominated Games Two and Three, with form that looks like it will continue.

"I still have so much to give to the game", James said.


James returned to the Cavs for his third quarter as a feel-good story. The Warriors went 8-1 against the Cavs in the last two Finals.

Cleveland has battled back from an 11-point deficit to regain the lead in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. "For us to be able to be here again, we can't get enough of this feeling". This team easily could have lost to the Pacers or Celtics.

"LeBron James played the last three games of this series with a significantly injured right hand, a hand that he injured punching a blackboard in the locker room at Golden State after Game 1", Windhorst reported.

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

James got a somewhat modest ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd when he exited the game for the final time.

The 33-year-old American, playing in his eighth consecutive finals, said he had "no idea at this point" about his future and would consider the decision with his family. He was 2-2 in four trips to the NBA Finals with Miami. Golden State won the game 110-102.

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