Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title

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Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title

With determination, grit, at times suffocating defense plus their usual offense that moves the ball and involves everybody - especially Curry, who scored 37 points, and Durant, who forged a triple-double - the Warriors completed the ninth 4-0 NBA Finals sweep with a 108-85 romp over the Cavaliers and James on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena for their third championship in four years.

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth straight finals matchup against James and Cleveland easily.

"We knew they were going to come out with a tough first punch". His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.

He scored 23 points in Game 4, by far his lowest-output game of the series.

Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1. That was a career playoff-high and he outscored the combination of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green by 11 points.

And they may stay that way.

Curry was the sentimental favorite for Finals MVP, having seen Durant get it a year ago and Andre Iguodala in 2015.

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.

Durant averaged 28.8 points in the series, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists.

The Golden State Warriors became the NBA's first back-to-back champion since 2013 as they claimed their third title in four years.

LeBron James' broken hand. He leaned back and slumped in his seat, the towel still covering his head, and sat that way for several minutes.

James averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series, but as has been the case in the past, he didn't have enough help.

When three-time champion James left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation from a home crowd that were chanting "M-V-P, M-V-P".

And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists - more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn't beat the Warriors so he joined them.

Heading into the playoffs, the Warriors appeared vulnerable. The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1974.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James revealed he played with a broken hand for the majority of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Coach Kerr said, "Andre was really good". The talk of a Warriors dynasty can begin now.

En route to the championship-clinching blowout, Golden State's two former league MVPs stood out in major ways. Games on ABC can be watched for free without cable if you have a participating internet service provider (ISP), but even if you don't have a participating ISP, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or DirecTV Now credentials to sign in and watch the game on the ESPN platforms.

Stephen Curry already has as many baskets in the first quarter of Game 4 as in all of Game 3. He has taken Cleveland to the NBA Finals now five times, and this now looks certain to be his fourth loss in those.

Durant, who had a playoff career-best 43 points in game three, became only the sixth back-to-back finals MVP.

Well, the 2018 NBA Finals turned out to be as lopsided as most people assumed. Hood's 15 points gave himself and the Cavaliers new life, creating offense where there was none.

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