Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to win title

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Curry and McGee (yeah, he was a legitimate factor again) boosting Golden State to a 67-52 lead and sending Cleveland scurrying to a timeout.

The superstar forward, 33, finished as an National Basketball Association finals runner-up for the second year in a row and the sixth time in his career as the Cavs were swept by the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Since 2009 the award has been named for Celtics legend Bill Russell, the 11-time champion who surely would have won the award several times if it existed in his playing days.

James, playing his eighth consecutive finals, scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed off eight assists on Friday but fell to 3-6 in the finals for his career.

Coming off an abysmal game three performance where he only made 10 points and hit one-of-10 three-point attempts, Curry came out firing from the opening tip to score 12 of Golden State's 19 points.

"My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question", James wrote.

It was Durant's 28th consecutive playoff game with 20 or more points.

For Cleveland, the loss sends the team into an off season of great uncertainty as James, the best player of his generation, could sign elsewhere as a free agent after July 1, which is widely expected given the relative lack of talent on the roster. Just keep growing as a player. He played a supporting role in the movie Trainwreck with Amy Schumer. Appeared in their 26th NBA Finals game, moving past Atlanta/St. Louis into 10th place all-time. "We've never done that in our 4 years, sweep the finals".

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"I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that", he said. Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Rodney Hood added a combined 33 points, but shot just 11-35 from the field.

It was the fourth year in a row the Warriors and Cavaliers met in the finals, Golden State winning in 2015 and the past two years.

Steph Curry led all scorers in Game 4, finishing with 37 points on 12-for-27 shooting, including a 7-for-15 mark from long-range and a flawless 6-of-6 from the stripe - adding six boards, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Overall, the Warriors shot 45 percent from the floor and canned 14 three-pointers. They were a ideal 16-of-16 from the stripe and handed out 25 assists on 39 made baskets.

The Warriors buried the Cavaliers in the third quarter, holding them to 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting.

Kyrie Irving just moved to Boston to move out of James' shadow and become the leader of a time.

Golden State opened the game laser-focused on the prospect of a sweep.

The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence.

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. No other player in NBA Finals history has ever done that in back-to-back contests.

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