The Golden State Warriors won their third National Basketball Association championship in the past four years after completing a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They needed to win a Game 7 on the road to reach the NBA Finals, and they could have easily lost two of the first three games of this title series.
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.
All four of the Warriors' consecutive Finals came against LeBron James and the Cavaliers - with only the 2016 series a failure.
"We'll get it done this summer", Lacob said after the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Durant averaged 28.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game to pace the Warriors in both statistics and was key to the team's defense against LeBron James and co. The Cavaliers probably should have won Game 1 and had a great chance to win Game 3, but there's no doubting who the better team is.
The Cavs had successfully faced down elimination three times this season but were unable to mount any threat of a comeback in this one as the Warriors simply had too much firepower.
"We just know how to win", said Curry.
That was his last finals with the Cavaliers before he left for the Miami Heat, and there's rampant speculation he could leave Cleveland again this offseason.
Golden State opened the game laser-focused on the prospect of a sweep.
"I knew that even if I wasn't feeling a hundred per cent, I had to get back for the playoffs". The way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game, and I had emotions that the game was taken away from us.
"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games and carry this team the way he did is a testament to his character", Lue said.
"I remember sitting in this room three years ago and it seemed like a dream". According to Elias, Durant became the fifth player to produce a 20-point triple-double in his team's Finals-clinching victory.
"LeBron James broke his hand!" "I don't think we've put our best game together yet, which is encouraging, because what better time to do that?" He said that James is not using the injury as an excuse but chose to keep it quiet to prevent the Warriors from knowing about it.