The win added to the Golden State Warriors' victories in 2015 and 2017 and was the first finals clean sweep since the Cavs were demolished by San Antonio Spurs in 2007.
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. His eighth appearance in a row didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
Durant played arguably the most important basketball game of his career on Game 3 in Cleveland, totalling 43 points on an uber-efficient 15-23 shooting night, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out seven assists, and playing elite defence.
The Cavs' talisman reportedly suffered the injury after punching a blackboard in frustration after his side spurned an opportunity to win in the final seconds. He secured his first playoff triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night's Game 4.
"Just after the game, just talking to the guys, it was a tough season", Lue said.
James didn't spend time shaking hands with his opponents (he did that when he checked out of the game for the final time), but he did say goodbye to a few folks as he made his way to the locker room. The Warriors are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games following a win and 1-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs' season is pretty much over.
Cleveland has battled back from an 11-point deficit to regain the lead in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. We were able to finish the series off. It was a rough way for them to go out, especially after how close Game 1 was.
Only Bill Russell's Boston Celtics, the "Showtime" Lakers and the Los Angeles squad led by Kobe and Shaq, and Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls have been as dominant in such a short period of time. Brian Windhorst, the man who knows everything there is to know about LeBron, reported that James was playing with an injured right hand for the entire series. There were lingering questions about Curry's sprained left knee that sidelined him for nearly six weeks and kept him out of Golden State's first-round series against San Antonio.
Durant did in the Cavaliers in similar fashion in Game 3 one season ago and he was even more deadly this time around.
Durant became the sixth player in the history of the league to win back-to-back Finals MVP awards.