Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Championship, Beat Cavs 108-85

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He buried 7 of 15, and Golden State connected on 14 of 38, including 9 of 17 en route to a 61-52 halftime advantage. The Warriors also won in 1947 and 1956 when based in Philadelphia plus 1975, 2015 and 2017 after their move to the San Francisco Bay area in 1962.

"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher.

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight Finals matchup against Cleveland easily.

However, and there's the rub, there were some differences - and we're not just talking President Donald Trump disinviting both the Warriors and the Cavs to the White House.

"We knew that they were going to come out with a tough first punch and we answered it and ran right back at them and set the tone for the whole game", Curry said.

LeBron James put up 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, but took just 13 shots and turned the ball over six times.

Maybe the strain of playing in all 104 games while carrying Cleveland to the NBA Finals got the best of him. The team does not have much cap space to sign free agents and they lack assets for a significant trade. "I hope that doesn't sound arrogant".

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Fans chanted "M-V-P" to James in the final minutes, sensing his possible exit again. He could return to Miami, a place he still loves.

Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer. "Getting up every day, going to work with these guys, it's wonderful". That series, one the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.

Durant, of course, has won the last two Finals MVP awards, taking the honor away from Curry with two incredible performances, including a playoff career high 43 points in Game 3 of this series.

James said he did not yet know where he would play next season. And then you've got a guy in Klay (Thompson) who could easily be on a team and carry a team, scored 40 in a quarter before. "It's the journey that's better than the destination and I'm happy that I'm a part of this group".

On social media, some have joked that J. Prince is the only person who can save LeBron from being swept by the Golden State Warriors.

The final on Friday night was Golden State 108, Cleveland 85. In Game 3, he re-aggravated an ankle injury he sustained during the Eastern Conference Finals.

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