The Golden State Warriors are champions once again after a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Steph Curry led the way with 37 points, while Kevin Durant posted his first career playoff triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
LeBron James was relatively quiet, recording 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, adding seven rebounds and eight assists in the loss.
With the Dubs cruising to back-to-back championships, here are three takeaways from Game 4…
Curry holding his own on switches against LeBron
Steph Curry was a force on offence, but he was equally impressive on the defensive end.
The Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to exploit the mismatch, engineering several switches to get LeBron in front of Curry, but he more than held his own, cutting off passing lanes, pressuring the ball and closing off driving lanes, despite giving up a sizeable size advantage to James.
In the crucial third quarter, Curry enjoyed a successful stretch, picking James' pocket to get the steal and minutes later drawing an offensive foul on LeBron.
He finished the game with three steals, to go with his 37 points, including seven three-pointers and you kind of knew it was going to be his night when he was knocking down shots like this from the jump.
Third quarter Klay
Just when the Cavaliers had enough of the offensive barrage from Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, the sleeping giant awoke in the third quarter.
After picking up some early fouls, Klay was kept quiet in the first half, but found his range in the third quarter, scoring all 10 of his points in the period, including a pair of back-breaking threes, cutting off any chance of a Cleveland comeback.
As we've seen so often, Golden State blew the game open in the third, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 in the period.
Another Klay splash! 💦- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 9, 2018
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Cavs' three-point struggles continue
On a night where LeBron James wasn't firing the offense to the absurd standard he's set, the Cavaliers needed to get their shooting unlocked early in Game 4, but it just never came.
We saw Rodney Hood in the game early and more of Kyle Korver, but Cleveland just could not generate enough space against the Warriors defence to get clean looks from deep.
They combined to connect on just 8-of-27 (29.6%) from the three-point line, making that just 36-of-122 for the series.