Curry, Warriors off to fast start in Game 4

LeBron James

Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He finished the night with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Cavs could have demanded more from James on the night, but it's hard to blame the guy who, in his 15th season, played 82 games and a boatload of minutes, carrying an inconsistent team to the NBA Finals. "Understanding how important a game is on the road for our ball club, what [winning it] would have done for us".

James played in every game for Cleveland - 82 in the regular season (something he'd never done before) and 22 in the playoffs.

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. Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Rodney Hood added a combined 33 points, but shot just 11-35 from the field.

Greatness is fragile. Sustained greatness, even more so.

Sources told ESPN that the injury was the result of him punching a blackboard in the locker room after that game. The other "Splash Brother' Klay Thompson was hardly any better". KD was electric in the first half, dropping 24 points and dominating on all ends of the floor.

As you might imagine, Curry and Durant stamped their names into record books in a variety of ways in these Finals. The Warriors found themselves trailing by just six at halftime. It continued to be the Durant plus the role-players.

Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1. Golden State will be looking to retool a roster that, despite its dominance, might require some modification.

Golden State outscored Cleveland 25-13 in the third quarter, James managing only four points - all on free throws - in the period, and the Warriors rolled through the final minutes to another coronation.

But it is for moments like these that it helps to have Durant on your side.

He appeared with the cast during his press conference after Friday's game. "The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family".

Golden boys: Kevin Durant, second from left, celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers. That understanding showed up in these playoffs, and particularly in the NBA Finals, as we saw in Game 4. With the odds stacked against Cleveland, the debate that will now remain is which Warrior-between Durant and Curry-will shine in the last game (s) to win the Finals MVP award.

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