James reportedly sustained the injury when he punched a blackboard following the Cavs Game 1 meltdown. Kevin Durant had a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and was named the MVP of the Finals. It was a rough way for them to go out, especially after how close Game 1 was. Rebounding and drawing fouls kept the Cavaliers in the game in the first half, but those advantages evaporated after halftime.
The Cavs only scored 13 points in the third quarter, began with LeBron James on the bench in the fourth, and appeared to give up.
Even with being, arguably, the greatest player in National Basketball Association history, James can't defeat the mighty force of the Golden State Warriors alone.
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. His postseason marks for efficiency in isolation * a href="http://stats.nba.com/players/isolation/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PerMode=Totals&CF=Poss*GE*75&sort=PPP&dir=1" *(1.01 points per possession) and post-ups * a href="http://stats.nba.com/players/playtype-post-up/?CF=PlayerFirstName*E*kev" *(1.10 points per possession) would have ranked 15th and second in the league in the regular season, among players with at least 75 possessions.
"We just know how to win", Curry said.
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Windhorst pointed to James' unwillingness to shoot from distance later in the series as evidence of how his hand injury affected his play. Golden State led by 11 in the first quarter, fell behind midway through the second, and went into the locker room with momentum after Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the period.
The combination of Golden State's record (8-1) and point difference (+94) is unmatched over consecutive Finals.
Kevin Love added 13 points and nine boards, but shot 4-of-13.
Rodney Hood added 10 points. "We went through a lot, but I think it made us tougher, made us stronger".
"I told those guys now they see what we have to do to get better and take that next step". Andre Iguodala returned to the court and chipped in with eight points in 22 minutes of action.
The Warriors led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and were ahead 34-25 after 12 minutes.