That series, one the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.
Should Cleveland lose Game 4 of this series Friday night and get swept by Golden State, James would be the fifth player to actually be on the floor for a pair of 4-0 defeats in the NBA Finals.
The path to this title was more precarious than the first two for coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who overcame injuries, expectations, a built-to-dethrone-them Rockets team and the brilliance of James, who may have played his final game in Cleveland.
Golden State outscored Cleveland 25-13 in the third quarter, James managing only four points, and the Warriors rolled through the final minutes. And just like 2017, another magnificent performance by the Warriors' Kevin Durant saw the forward rightly given the Bill Russell Finals MVP award amid his celebrating teammates' cheers and the presence of the basketball legend himself.
The final on Friday night was Golden State 108, Cleveland 85.
The same could be said of this answer James gave after evading a question about whether the one championship James won in these four years serves as that business being finished.
And they are having more than their share of fun along the way.
The pregame air had a striking similarity to last year, when the Cavaliers, 1-3 against the Warriors over the past four years, forced a Game 5.
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He led 24 of the first 26 laps and the final 40 to win for the 92nd time in Xfinity to add to his series record. On Friday, Busch bristled at a comment about him having never won an Xfinity Series race at Pocono Speedway.
"When you play one of the best it brings the best out of you as well", Durant said of playing against James.
But James' jaw-dropping play this postseason was just part of the massive melodrama that surrounded the Cavs this year. This time it was Durant's Warriors doing the sweeping. "It never gets boring".
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James once again gave a heroic effort, but it was not enough to stem the overwhelming and balanced talent of Golden State, which came into the series looking for a sweep after Cleveland denied them the opportunity past year for a ideal playoffs run.
"This is a journey that's better than the destination", Durant said.
Cavs guard JR Smith ran down the clock with seconds to go, under the apparent belief that Cleveland were ahead.
This series has been a painful reminder to James that the great teams have more than one king. They were a flawless 16-of-16 from the stripe and handed out 25 assists on 39 made baskets.
And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists - more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn't beat the Warriors so he joined them. He has stated multiple times he will re-sign with the Warriors this summer. Spin that as an indictment of the Warriors if you will, but Golden State did only what it was supposed to: amass the best talent possible, withstand the forces of division and dominate most every opponent. It's a credit to Steph and KD that they don't let the honor come between them, but imagine if Kobe was winning MVPs over Shaq? He scored 23 points in what turned out to be the last game of the finals last night.
A few days ago, LeBron spoke candidly about why he left the Cavaliers in 2010 - because the team wasn't good enough. The playoffs were the real season, and everyone knew it.