Takeaways: Warriors cement dynasty status with NBA Finals sweep

  • Takeaways: Warriors cement dynasty status with NBA Finals sweep

Takeaways: Warriors cement dynasty status with NBA Finals sweep

"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 Golden State Warriors.

With other players on Golden State struggling from the field in Game 3 and Steph Curry dealing with foul trouble, small forward Kevin Durant stepped up with a very impressive performance to lead the way to a 110-102 victory at Cleveland Wednesday night and a 3-0 series lead. The Warriors started the game on a 13-3 run, fixated on avoiding a repeat of last year's Game 4 that saw Cleveland force the series back to Oracle Arena.

In case anyone's forgotten, an unfocused Warriors team allowed the Cavs to score 49 first-quarter points as Cleveland rolled to a 137-116 Game 4 win last season.

If Game 2 will be remembered as Stephen Curry going wild then Game 3 was the Kevin Durant show. James was a facilitator early on, chipping in six points, five assists and two rebounds in the first frame.

LeBron James played through the NBA Finals with a serious right hand injury that he sustained after Game 1, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Watch a preview of The Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 4 in the video below. Love helped the Cavaliers push the lead to 13 points with four minutes remaining in the first half, but Durant once again willed his team back. If Golden State wins, it'll be their third National Basketball Association championship in four years.

Curry scored 37 points, Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty. He can do so either by signing elsewhere as a free agent after July 1 or opting into the final season of his current Cleveland contract and forcing a trade to a new home. When Durant was simply ordinary in the first two games of the series, Curry and Thompson delivered. Will Golden State raise the trophy or will Cleveland manage to keep the series going?

Durant also hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the finals a year ago against Cleveland with 45 seconds remaining.

"This game was like deja vu of game three previous year for him just all the way around", said Golden State's Draymond Green. Curry believes a big part of the win was the "supreme confidence" of Durant in this battle.

"The main difference is the our regular season defense was odd".

In some ways the Cavaliers never recovered after almost upsetting Golden State on the road in Game 1 of the series. It is a hell of a luxury to have Durant on a team that had already won a title one year and 73 games the next.