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Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title

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Shannon Reynolds | 09 June, 2018, 21:42

Many NBA fans reacted to the announcement and the Cavs' defeat with sympathy for a player who many felt had "carried the team" during the finals.

Still, the air of inevitability that came with this championship made for a different feeling than, say, how the Washington Capitals celebrated winning the Stanley Cup the previous night.

And they're about to beat everybody.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were brushed aside by the Golden State Warriors last night, completing a four-game sweep in the best-of-seven NBA finals to be crowned the best team in U.S. basketball for the second year in a row. "That's what it is", James said. Which ended up being a good decision, because he scored 46 points and later advanced to his eighth straight NBA Finals. 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.

One, was whether LeBron James was playing his last games as a Cavalier. We just won back-to-back.

Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, but also had six turnovers.

Mindful of last year's missed chance at a flawless playoff run, the Warriors expect their toughest NBA Finals challenge from Cleveland on Friday, June 8 (Saturday, June 9) as they chase a series sweep.

Golden boys: Kevin Durant, second from left, celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers.

In our Game 4 takeaways, we will try to ignore the future and focus on the present for one more day.

In many ways, the end of the 2018 NBA Finals was very much like the end of the 2017 NBA Finals, except in the ratings for the league and ABC. With him being 7-foot and being able to do that is remarkable.

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Houston probably isn't going away and remember, the Rockets gave the Warriors all they wanted this season. Curry scored 20 points in the first half, hitting 4-of-6 3-point shots, as Golden State seized a 61-52 half-time edge.

The Cavaliers got back to within 11.

The quarter closed with the Warriors up 21.

Cleveland never recovered. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 25-13 in the third. His 43-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist eruption in Game 3 effectively ended the series (no National Basketball Association team has come back from a 3-0 deficit) and clinched his Finals MVP for at least one voter in a 7-4 win over Steph.

This outcome seemed inevitable when they walked on the court before the game and even before the 2017-18 season began.

The Warriors were in the process of completing an 11-0 run.

"We're still in the NBA Finals", said Cleveland's J.R. Smith.

There is no one out there who thinks that the Cavs would have won if James hadn't hurt his hand.

"The Finals brings the best out of you".

"No team has ever come back from 3-1 either, and we did it", Lue said, referring to the Cavs' comeback to stun the Warriors in the 2016 Finals.

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