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.
The Warriors have now reached four straight Finals and won three of them - a feat matched by only Magic Johnson's Lakers (1985-88 with the Celtics winning in 1986) and Bill Russell's Celtics (1957-66 with the St. Louis Hawks winning in 1958). 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.
Cleveland came out of the gate strong on Wednesday night, taking 12-point leads in both the first and second quarters, but Golden State showed why they're able to overcome nearly any obstacle. With Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green leading the Warriors, LeBron and his cast of average teammates are overmatched in almost every category.
Klay Thompson scored 10 points for the Warriors and Draymond Green contributed nine points and nine assists.
The win added to the Golden State Warriors' victories in 2015 and 2017 and was the first finals clean sweep since the Cavs were demolished by San Antonio Spurs in 2007. James reportedly played the rest of the series with a hand contusion that limited his ability to shoot.
Following the championship, the NBA Finals MVP award is the next best thing and recognises the most valuable player throughout the finals series.
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Windhorst said that James had not been practicing.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. According to Sportsradar's shot-making model, Durant has scored 21 more points than expected across the entire series.
It's not often that an opponent overshadows a performance by LeBron James, but Durant's outburst eclipsed the King's triple-double and team-high 33-point effort.
Rodney Hood added 10 points.
For Golden State, Andre Iguodala gave the Warriors a nice boost, finishing with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting.
"And he goes "oh I'm good, we've only got one more game". Curry was up to 20 by halftime, thanks to his 3-ball with five seconds left for a 61-52 advantage. After outscoring opponents in that period by 199 during the regular season and 141 to that point in the playoffs, they beat the Cavs 25-13 Friday night, ending it up 86-65.