The Golden State Warriors displayed a dominating performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first NBA Finals sweep since 2007. This is also the third championship in four years for the Warriors.
Cavaliers’ star Lebron James averaged a triple-double over the course of those four games (34 points, 14.75 rebounds and 10 assists), yet it was still not enough to overcome the Warriors’ team. Many would argue, he put on a MVP performance during the regular season that carried over to the Finals.
For the second year in a row, it was Warriors’ forward Kevin Durant who received Finals MVP honors. Durant averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in the Finals. After Durant’s teammate Steph Curry set a record for the most three-pointers made in a Finals game, Curry went 3 for 16 from the field in Game 3. That dismal performance shot down any hope Curry had for Finals MVP.
Meanwhile, Durant became only the sixth player in NBA History to receive the Finals MVP in back-to-back seasons. Durant is also the only other player, besides Michael Jordan, to have four scoring titles and multiple Finals MVPs. Durant is 2-0 in the NBA Finals since he joined the Warriors in 2016.
Curry and Klay Thompson both heavily contributed to the Warriors’ championship title. Curry averaged 27.5 points in the series, while Thompson averaged 16 points. With the exception of game three of the NBA Finals, Golden State defeated Cleveland by double digits in games one, two and four.
The Warriors have had an impressive record of 8-1 in the past two NBA Finals. James now falls to a record of 3-6 all-time in the NBA Finals. Golden State will look to make it a three-peat in the upcoming NBA season. It would be the first three-peat since the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002.