Still tired and wrestling with emotions after losing Game 3 on Wednesday night, when Kevin Durant scored 43 points and shot the Warriors within one win of their third title in four years, James pointed out Thursday what has become terrifyingly obvious: The Warriors are at another level and may be for a while.
The Golden State Warriors became the NBA's first back-to-back champions since 2013 by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers. 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.
Curry hit an NBA Finals one-game record nine 3-pointers in a game-two victory and struck for 37 in Friday's clincher, but lost out in a media vote to Durant, who struck for a playoff career-high 43 points in a game-three triumph. To go with his prodigious point total, he is averaging 10.7 assists and 9 rebounds a game. 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.
The 33-year-old scored 23 points with eight assists and seven rebounds, falling just short of passing Michael Jordan's record for the most points in one postseason.
The Warriors defeated the Cavs in all of their championship runs.
This series has been a painful reminder to James that the great teams have more than one king.
The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half. Possibly, a decade, or so, from now, the narrative will be forgotten and basketball fans will get to appreciate what James contributed to the game.
"The fact that they got here surprised me, actually, watching them during the regular season". By declining his player option for $26.2 million next season, Durant would have two options. Hood's 15 points gave himself and the Cavaliers new life, creating offense where there was none. "That's the only thing that matters to us". James, playing in his eighth consecutive finals, revealed after last night's game that he broke his hand in the first game. "So we'll have plenty of time over the summer to talk about what next year's going to look like and what it's going to take for us to get back to this stage next year".
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Steve Kerr got asked a light-hearted question before Game 4 of the NBA Finals - and the Golden State coach loved it.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs' season is pretty much over.
Only the Houston Rockets have given them trouble over the past two playoff runs, and even that now feels more like a wake-up call for Golden State than anything else.
The selfless superstar with the deadly 3-point shot smiled, and Stephen Curry's teammates smiled with him.
"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, who revealed he had played the final three matches of the 4-0 series defeat with a "self-inflicted" hand injury, has an opt-out in his Cleveland deal this off-season and admits he has some hard decisions to make.
Game 1 was the infamous overtime loss following JR Smith's brain fade at the end of regulation, when he forgot the score.