Golden State Warriors have retained their NBA title after they thrashed hosts Cleveland Cavaliers 108-84 in Game 4 to take an unassailable 4-0 lead.
It was the fourth consecutive finals meeting between the two teams with the Warriors sealing a 3rd title in four seasons with the aforementioned unassailable lead.
Star man Stephen Curry scored 37 points for the Warriors, while LeBron ‘King’ James weighed in with 23 points in what could be his final Cavs game as he would be a free agent next month.
James, 33, said he had “no idea at this point” about his future and would put his family into consideration while making the decision about his next career move.
The dominant victory for the Warriors represents the first finals clean sweep since the Cavs were demolished by San Antonio Spurs in 2007 as the add the latest title to the ones they won in 2015 and 2017.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has now won his 2nd title and in his reaction to the latest triumph, he said: “I remember sitting in this room three years ago and it seemed like a dream. This feels like reality.”
“I hope that doesn’t sound arrogant. It’s just the talent we have and the experience we’ve gained.” He further stated.
Curry added: “We just know how to win.”
“We keep waking up every day and trying to get better and we end up here. We can’t get enough of this feeling.
“Wherever that puts us in the conversation in the history of the NBA or being a dynasty… we’ll have plenty of time to discuss that later. We want to keep this thing going as long as we can.” He concluded.
Curry was the topscorer in the NBA finals but it was Kevin Durant who was deservedly named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, adding 20 points, 12 rebounds and a post-season career high of 10 assists.
It was the 28th consecutive play-off game in which Kevin Durant has scored at least 20 points as he justified the idea behind him being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
In his response to his side’s loss, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyrone Lue said: “They have five guys on the floor that can dribble, pass and shoot.”
“Even when you do defend them well, they’ve got guys like Steph and KD who can make unbelievable shots.” He concluded.