The third time was more than just the charm.
Photographer Ezra Shaw has been on the court for all four NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors, capturing iconic images of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and countless unforgettable moments. This feels more like reality.
"I hope that doesn't sound arrogant". "We've never done that in our 4 years, sweep the finals". But it's a very different feeling. I stayed the course and was able to have a pretty special year, outside of losing in the Finals. "But it was hard".
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "All season, getting up, going to work with these guys is incredible", Durant said. If he decides to leave again, we'll always have that one parade. They're not going to beat themselves.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were just swept by the Golden State Warriors, and have now lost three times in their last four Finals appearances. Whatever happens next, LeBron James has left us better than we were before he was here. "They had an fantastic run".
By the start of the fourth, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row. - Who should have won the Finals MVP award? The "self-inflicted" injury was reportedly the result of the basketball star punching a whiteboard in the locker room after his team's Game 1 overtime loss, according to ESPN.
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"He's a bad boy and I love having him on our team". He fights and competes to the end. "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short". Curry was as good as ever, averaging 27.5 points and 6.8 assists per game while shooting.415 from 3-point range. But Golden State took back the lead. The Warriors demolished anything left in yet another of their signature third-quarter runs, extending their lead to 21 points before winning 108-85 in Cleveland. "For the first time this season, LeBron James has a supporting cast", @NBABeLike wrote.
Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth straight finals match-up against James and Cleveland easily.
Still, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was quick to point out that his team has already defied huge odds. They can make plays. That's the beauty of their team. He secured his first playoff triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night's Game 4.
Curry made two 3s after hitting only one in Game 3.
Nor after everything James said in his unforgettable "I'm Coming Home" essay he co-wrote with Lee Jenkins for Sports Illustrated in July 2014.
It was the second time the Warriors have secured the championship in Cleveland during Kerr's four-year tenure. "I mean, we all know that", Lue said of James. "I've got a Game 5 outfit". I just appreciate what he's done for us this season. "That's all I can really speak about".