Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to win title

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With a 108-85 drubbing of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Warriors completed a four-game sweep and claimed the National Basketball Association title for the second year in a row and the third time in four years.

They've gone back-to-back, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a sweep of these NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between those clubs.

Durant scored 20 points while registering a triple-double in the series clincher but his efforts will be remembered mostly for the playoff career-high 43 points he scored in a pivotal Game Three that all but sealed the title.

Curry was essential in the championship as well, averaging 27.5 points, 6.8 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. If the series were to end in a sweep, he would need to pull down 13 rebounds and dish out eight assists to pull off the feat.

CLEVELAND - Cavaliers star LeBron James played the last three games of the NBA Finals with a significant and "self-inflicted" right hand injury that he suffered following the team's Game 1 overtime loss. One of them was James, who sat slumped in his corner locker, bags of ice on his knees and a towel over his face.

The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half. By the time the third-quarter ended, Golden State had stretched the lead to 21, LeBron was gesticulating angrily on the bench - there was a lot of that in this series - and the Cleveland crowd couldn't decide which team it liked less.

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The challenge of trying to combat the Warriors - whether James hopes to do it in Cleveland or elsewhere - was made plain not long after Game 4 started.

"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games and carry this team the way he did is a testament to his character", Lue said. "That's the only thing that matters to us". "Let's just speak truth", James said before rattling off Golden State's embarrassment of riches.

A few days ago, LeBron spoke candidly about why he left the Cavaliers in 2010 - because the team wasn't good enough. You just knew that like every possession we were playing San Antonio when I was in Miami, you just knew if you made a mistake, Manu, Tim, Tony, Pop will make you pay. And now the main story in the coming months will be about where he's going to play next season, which seems to be anyone's guess at this point. It was revealed after the loss that he played through a right hand contusion, which was a byproduct of punching a whiteboard following a heartbreaking Game 1. Golden State is so hard to defend that if their defence is clicking then, well, see Games 2 and 4 of these Finals.

The selfless superstar with the deadly 3-point shot smiled, and Stephen Curry's teammates smiled with him. "It's an unbelievable feeling to come here with a mission and get the job done", Curry said.

The health of James' hand likely would not have had much affect on the outcome of the series, a four-game sweep by the Warriors.

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.

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