This is the 4th year in a row that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have faced off, but for LeBron James, this finals isn't reminding him of the last three, it's reminding him of a showdown when he was a member of the Miami Heat.
Even if he played second fiddle in Curry in the clinching win, it can't be overlooked that Durant averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game in the series on 52.6 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range.
Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers previous year - 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.
Durant wasn't as terrifying as he had been in Game 3, but he was still scoring, with 12 at the half and 20 for the game, plus 10 assists and 12 rebounds. Cleveland, on the other hand, suffered from a familiar malaise: James had a triple-double - 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds - but he didn't have almost enough help.
Whatever team lands James will become an instant contender and there will be many with several pieces of a championship puzzle in place trying to prevent the four-time NBA MVP from re-signing with his hometown Cavs.
LeBron James walked into his final interview of the NBA Finals with one last surprise: A dark brace on his right hand, covering an injury he's hidden for a week.
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This series has been a painful reminder to James that the great teams have more than one king.
The Warriors jumped out to an early 34-25 first-quarter lead on the road, stifling any momentum Cleveland might have had.
James, who can become a free agent at the end of the postseason, could be playing his last game in Cleveland. Durant said. "We won two championships".
But James returned in 2014 and his likeness has since been replaced, the black-and-white image of the three-time National Basketball Association champion with his muscular arms outstretched now serving as both a tourist attraction and symbol of civic pride. But that's as far as he went with the no-pressure thing.
Windhorst reported on ESPN that after the Cavs' brutal Game 1 meltdown, James punched a blackboard out of frustration. Curry went 7-for-15 behind the arc after making just one of 10 attempts in Game 3. And the ending was a sweep, the second of James' career in the NBA Finals and perhaps a most unceremonious end to his time in Cleveland. Whether you get the job done or not, we all want to show up and do our jobs at a high level, because that's what got us all to where we are today as individual players and as a team. They're going to make runs.
Win or lose tonight, when the final buzzer goes off in the Q, LeBron James better be receiving a standing ovation. These finals started May 31, just the second time since 1986 that Game 1 wasn't played in June.
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