Since the massacre took place in front of Cleveland's home fans, it was an even more embarrassing way to end the action-packed National Basketball Association season.
Durant, while not his best shooting night (7-17), played inspired defense and finished with a triple-double (20 points, 12 boards, 10 assists) en route to winning back-to-back Finals MVPs.
The Cavaliers appeared to do everything right in this game.
Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a flawless musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard.
"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. The series ended in a sweep, and now, all eyes are on whatever LeBron James is going to do next.
"We all want something that's bigger than ourselves", Durant said.
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After four years, four Finals, and one glorious championship in 2016, he is expected to take a good, long look at his options. Durant's Game 4 triple-double came on the heels of a ridiculous 43-point night in Game 3.
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On the night, the reigning Finals MVP went 15-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and a ideal 7-of-7 from the line, adding 13 boards, seven assists and a steal in the victory. Went 16-1 in the Playoffs.
The Warriors had dominated the third quarter of games all season and Friday was no different. No other Warrior had more than 11 points.
The combination of Golden State's record (8-1) and point difference (+94) is unmatched over consecutive Finals.
Rodney Hood added 10 points.
"And he goes "oh I'm good, we've only got one more game". "Even when you do defend them well, they've got guys like Steph and KD who can make unbelievable shots". Andre Iguodala returned to the court and chipped in with eight points in 22 minutes of action.
A James slam dunk capped a 14-4 Cavs run to open the second quarter, putting Cleveland ahead 39-38, but Golden State answered with a 11-4 run and stretched the half-time lead to 61-52.
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 scored 51 points in the series opener and carried a Cavs team from the beginning of their rollercoaster season until the end.