LeBron James receives standing ovation while exiting potentially last game with Cavaliers

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media with a cast on his right hand after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Get out the broom, because the Golden State Warriors just swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship!

Kevin Durant posted a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

That almost wound up costing the Warriors dearly, as fourth-quarter collapses in both Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals allowed Houston take a 3-2 lead in the series, and move Golden State to within a game of elimination. To go with his prodigious point total, he is averaging 10.7 assists and 9 rebounds a game.

Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers a year ago - also down 3-0 to the Warriors, they won by 19 to force one more game - to prepare, knowing they'd face a focused opponent.

LeBron James scored 23 points and had eight assists and seven rebounds in his sixth career NBA Finals setback.

"I have no idea at this point", James told reporters after his Cavs were swept in four games by the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

The Warriors defeated the Cavs in all of their championship runs.

Game 4 of the NBA Finals is underway and Cavaliers are in a bad situation, but Game 4s have been good for them lately.

The Cavaliers got back to within 11.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are now just one win away from another NBA Championship after outlasting the Cavaliers in their own building. He has maintained his streak of scoring 25 or more points in his first 13 Finals games. "Whether you live up to it or not, you've got to be OK with your effort and your intensity and whatnot and the result of the game", Curry said. That gave him a game-high 13 points. What a special thing we are witnessing with this franchise. It was revealed after the loss that he played through a right hand contusion, which was a byproduct of punching a whiteboard following a heartbreaking Game 1.

LeBron James was relaxed, reflective and even resigned to his fate. He has taken Cleveland to the NBA Finals now five times, and this now looks certain to be his fourth loss in those.

Only the Houston Rockets have given them trouble over the past two playoff runs, and even that now feels more like a wake-up call for Golden State than anything else.

Plus, I think Cleveland's chance of winning this series was spoiled by a number of crucial mistakes made in game one.

On the night, James top scored for his side and left to a standing ovation after playing 41 of the game's first 44 minutes, but it was his least productive performance of the series.

That came on the heels of Curry setting an NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers made, breaking a mark Ray Allen set against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.

Durant sees the hard work as being true to his teammates and his love for a game that took him from suburban Washington DC to worldwide stardom.

The big question now is if this Warriors team will end LeBron's time with the Cavaliers.

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