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Kevin Durant’s heroics against Cavaliers pull Warriors to brink of championship repeat

NBA Finals: Kevin Durant’s heroics against Cavaliers pull Warriors to brink of championship repeat LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers played with significant hand injury
Cassandra Gardner | 10 June, 2018, 00:50

Kevin Durant took home his second straight after the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth consecutive finals matchup against James and Cleveland easily.

LeBron James played the last three games of the NBA Finals with a severe right hand injury. "I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", James said following Friday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors. His eighth appearance in a row didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.

LeBron James, meanwhile, had 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 41 minutes as his incredible playoff run came to a quiet end. Should the Warriors sweep, Curry would seemingly need to have a huge outburst, combined with a slow night for Durant, if he wants to win the award for the first time.

Stephen Curry scored 37 in the sweep clincher - two games after he set a Finals record with nine 3-pointers. This summer, role players will leave, and new guys will be added in their place - the competition around the league never yields and the unsavory, mercenary realities of the professional game compound year-over-year. The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1974.

With the Warriors one game away from another championship, this National Basketball Association season is as over as the biggest rap beef of 2018.

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The way the Warriors have been playing of late, coupled with the poor defensive display from Cleveland, suggests the Finals will be done before a Game 6 occurs.

James returned to the Cavs for his third quarter as a feel-good story.

Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1.

By the Warriors, by the burden he carried leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the NBA Finals, by the weight of his second Cleveland tenure possibly ending. "Was able to finish the series off - that's what matters to us". The 2018 NBA Finals against the Warriors had been decided at that point - some would argue it was over much earlier - and that opened the door for the biggest storyline of the 2018 offseason. The series ended in a sweep, and now, all eyes are on whatever LeBron James is going to do next. Durant is one of six players to win back-to-back NBA Finals MVP titles.

James got a somewhat modest ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd when he exited the game for the final time. Durant made four of them in Game 3, and Curry and James have also done it in this series. The Warriors began defense of their title as a No. 2 seed and their season was in serious jeopardy when they fell behind 3-2 to presumptive MVP James Harden and the Rockets.

Brown was working his 17th NBA Finals.

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