The Golden State Warriors earned their third NBA title in four seasons after completing a comprehensive 4-0 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double as the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight trophy.
LeBron James claimed 23 in what could be his final Cavs game. He spent the final minutes on the bench, contemplating what went wrong and maybe his next move.
James heads off into free agency next month.
Coach Steve Kerr described the triumph as "the hardest so far" but his Warriors side routed the Cavs 108-84 to prevail in the fourth consecutive finals meeting between the teams.
The win added to the Golden State Warriors' victories in 2015 and 2017 and was the first finals clean sweep since the Cavs were demolished by San Antonio Spurs in 2007. It was the ninth sweep in Finals history and the largest margin of victory (+60) in a sweep.
It was the second time the Warriors have secured the championship in Cleveland during Kerr's four-year tenure.
The Warriors looked as decisive, as dominant and as devastating as they have all season on this final night, running circles around the Cavaliers after halftime in a runaway affair.
James’ Cavaliers collapsed, playing sluggishly, missing two-thirds of their shots and looking as if they wanted to be anywhere but on the court against the team that has dominated them the last four years.
Afterward, James said he had played the final three games of the series “with pretty much a broken hand.” He blamed officials’ calls and team mistakes in a Game 1 the Cavs should have won, implying the defeat ruined his team’s chances for the rest of the finals.
Kevin Durant won his second straight Finals MVP and finished with a 20-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple-double. He’s gone from a superstar in search of a ring just two summers ago to a man with one for each ring finger.
Stephen Curry, the two-time Kia MVP who missed the first six games of the postseason recovering from a knee injury, capped this series off with a game-high 37 points, saving some of his very best work from distance for what might be the last twist with a LeBron-led Cavaliers team.
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