Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to win title

Hope Soto
June 10, 2018

The Golden State Warriors claimed their third National Basketball Association championship in four years Friday night when they completed a series sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James runs into an extended metaphor Friday against Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on in Cleveland.

"We've been in a position where we could win two out of these three games", said James, who had 33 points and his 10th Finals triple-double in Game 3.

James can opt out of his contract this offseason, and talk of him looking to leave his hometown team for the second time will not die down after the Cavs were swept despite him averaging 34 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the Finals.

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

James finished with 23 points.

The Golden State Warriors have made his eighth straight NBA Finals - and their seasonal rivalry with the Cavaliers - very one-sided.

LeBron James (23 points) tried to delay the Warriors' nearly inevitable march towards the championship but his Cavs were simply outclassed by a rampant Warriors side.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had their chances in this series to win multiple games. I was there in the Hamptons when we had that discussion. This year, though, just the mere fact that the Cavaliers were able to once again return to the NBA Finals already seemed like an overachievement.

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"Looking at this playoff journey, we knew it wasn't going to be as easy as a year ago when it comes to our record".

"We have an opportunity to extend the series, but we've got to come out and play 48 minutes", James said.

Coming away with a loss after giving it your all is always a tough pill to swallow, but nothing helps keep things in perspective like having loved ones in your corner who lift you up no matter what.

Durant said at the time the leadup to his decision was the most challenging few weeks of his career but after the success he has enjoyed over the last two seasons he is not about to second guess his move. Last night's Game 4 clincher, was much more of a decimation, as the tipped faves crushed the Cavs 108-85. LeBron James has done that twice (2012 and 2016), and three others did so once: Larry Bird (1986), James Worthy (1988), and Tim Duncan (2003).

"It's just about the journey, all season", said Durant.

Windhorst said that James did not want the information getting out for fear of the Warriors targeting him on defense or guarding him differently.

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