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Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland in title repeat


Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland in title repeat

Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland in title repeat

The Golden State Warriors brushed aside the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 to win the NBA Finals in four games Friday for a second consecutive championship.

Steph Curry, who has led the Warriors to three trophies in four years, paced the victors with 37 points.

Golden State led from the second minute of the game until midway through the second quarter, when the Cavaliers, trailing three games to none, caught up and briefly traded leads.

But the Warriors surged to a nine-point half-time lead and dominated the second half, allowing Cleveland only 33 points in the final 24 minutes.

Superstar LeBron James, who shouldered most of the offensive burden for the Cavaliers throughout their play-off run, scored 23 points.

He left the game with 4:03 remaining to a standing ovation from the home fans at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, with his return uncertain. James can opt out of his contract to pursue free agency in the coming weeks.

Kevin Durant, who scored 20 points in Game 4 with 12 rebounds and 10 assists, was named MVP of the Finals series for the second year in a row.

He averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists for the series.

Golden State has now won three titles in four years after a fourth straight Finals clash with Cleveland.

Cleveland entered the series as huge underdogs, fumbling a chance to win Game 1 on the road at Golden State before falling in overtime. They also had a chance to win Game 3 in the final minutes.

Curry led the Warriors to the title in 2015, but the Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 deficit to win in seven games in 2016.

Golden State took a 3-0 lead in the 2017 Finals before closing out Cleveland in five games.

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