But it was Warriors forward Kevin Durant who was named the finals’ Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year.
Durant’s series was highlighted by his playoff-career-high 43 points in game three.
On Friday, the Cavaliers clawed back from an 11-point deficit before pulling in front on a slam dunk from James near the midway mark of the second quarter, but it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over.
“We knew that they were going to come out with a tough first punch and we answered it and ran right back at them and set the tone for the whole game,” said Curry.
“They made so many runs but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over. Unbelievable feeling to come in here on a mission and get the job done.”
The Warriors used a dominant third quarter to build a 21-point lead that left the Cavaliers’ hopes of a series comeback in their wake.
For Cleveland, the loss sends the team into an offseason of great uncertainty as James, the best player of his generation, could sign elsewhere as a free agent after July 1.
James, who was playing in his eighth consecutive NBA finals and fourth straight with the Cavs, has carried the team since he returned from Miami in 2014.
When three-times champion James left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation.
Everyone seems to be writing the Warriors off, but never underestimate Stephen Curry. The Warriors are predicted to have a down year this season due to the loss of Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and many other of their key role players. Most people, including myself, have them ranked low in the top eight to finish […]