"Looking at this playoff journey, we knew it wasn't going to be as easy as previous year", Curry said. "Then the challenges that faced us". In another was Kevin Durant.
And it was the first time that a team had lost a finals in a clean sweep since 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs inflicted that pain on... the James-led Cavaliers. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
Following the game, he sat quietly in his corner locker with a towel draped over his head. He revealed after the game that he had been playing through a significant hand injury suffered after Game 1.
"We hit 24 threes a year ago in Game 4 and had a really great showing and didn't accept defeat", Love said.
Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1. After dropping a monstrous 51 points in Game 1 of the Finals, James' approach did appear different in Games 2, 3, and 4.
And they may stay that way.
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.
Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.
Throughout the playoffs, James tried to will his team to victory, averaging 37.7 points, 10.7 assist and 9 rebounds a game heading into the last game.
The Golden State Warriors earned their third National Basketball Association title in four seasons after completing a comprehensive 4-0 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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.
James, who left to a standing ovation, can opt out of his contract during this offseason.
Durant: 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 7.5 apg, 52.6 percent from the field (including 15 of 23 in Game 3 when he delivered a 43-point dagger).
Plus, I think Cleveland's chance of winning this series was spoiled by a number of crucial mistakes made in game one.
The Cavs had successfully faced down elimination three times this season but were unable to mount any threat of a comeback in this one as the Warriors simply had too much firepower.
Curry, who had the terrible Game 3 after a record-setting Game 2, when he nailed a Finals all-time best nine 3-pointers, left the Cavaliers crowd muttering when he ended the half with a long 3-pointer to stake the Warriors to a 61-52 lead. In his ninth Finals he went out with a whimper and not a bang. Durant has already challenged some of the Warriors' young and promising players to raise their games. In Game 3, James posted a triple-double.
This series has been a painful reminder to James that the great teams have more than one king. "Let's just speak truth", James said before rattling off Golden State's embarrassment of riches.