Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight finals matchup against Cleveland easily. After Kevin Durant did that, Klay Thompson hugged right back.
"Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you're looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they're stacked better than us".
James struck for 51 points in the opener, the fifth-best game total in finals history but it was a post-game punch out of frustration, into a blackboard according to ESPN, that caused the injury.
And they may stay that way.
Having been on the court shooting for the past four NBA Finals between the two teams, he's responsible for iconic images of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and the heated emotions that the Finals bring out from the biggest stars in the sport. Durant stated his case by registering his first playoff triple-double - 20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists - two nights after nearly singlehanded destroying the Cavs with 43 points, a playoff career-high, and 13 rebounds.
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.
As mentioned before James can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.
LeBron looked to be at wit's end by the second half of Game 4, broken by another of the Warriors' third-quarter eruptions.
In the 2018 Playoffs, the game's greatest player averaged 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 22 contests - topping the 40-point plateau eight times, including his 51-point outburst against the Warriors, and a pair of buzzer-beaters over in and Toronto.
Will the aging superstar leave the Cleveland Cavaliers a second time, as he did earlier in his career when he joined the Miami Heat and won two championships?
Steph Curry led all scorers in Game 4, finishing with 37 points on 12-for-27 shooting, including a 7-for-15 mark from long-range and a ideal 6-of-6 from the stripe - adding six boards, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots. The Cavs did overcome a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Finals against these same Warriors.
The Decision came nearly two months later.
But it's a very different feeling.
Despite the Warriors' dominance, they believe they navigated a hard journey. I don't think anybody's even anxious about that type of stuff.
That set up another reunion with James and the Cavs. "Going through it, the trial and error is only going to make you a better player".
None of this could be taken any other way than as bright flashing lights signaling that these were the final days of James' second stint in Northeast Ohio.
After his press conference, LeBron walked out of the interview room and made a pointed turn toward Bill Russell.
Longtime network broadcaster Hubie Brown injured his knee while sitting courtside preparing before the game.
The 84-year-old Brown was checked out by doctors in the arena, and will not be working the game as an analyst. Cleveland bears the toll of its four straight trips to the Finals in ways that Golden State does not.