January 19, 2019

LeBron James punched white board, played NBA Finals with injured hand

09 June 2018, 10:55 | Anna Jefferson

Cavs forward Le Bron James

Cavs forward Le Bron James

The Warriors were up 2-0 and coming off a double-digit victory. The crowd rose to salute him in what may be his last game as a Cavalier.

Kevin Durant went back-to-back, twice.

James finished with 23 points, seven boards and eight assists on 7-of-13 shooting.

"Kevin Durant is one of the best players I've ever played against, that this league has ever seen". Others were sad that LeBron - who put up spectacular performance in every game during the Finals - failed yet again to win a ring.

James, widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation, is expected to leave for a second time, having returned to the franchise in 2014 after departing for Miami four years earlier.

Kevin Love added 13 points and nine boards, but shot 4-of-13.

The Cavaliers did some good things on Wednesday night - beating the Warriors on the boards, the offensive glass and in second-chance scoring.

"Even more impressive, perhaps, was the Cavs" work on defence. Durant made four of them in Game 3, and Curry and James have also done it in this series. The other "Splash Brother' Klay Thompson was hardly any better". The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1969. The Warriors found themselves trailing by just six at halftime. What was startling, however, that they did so without Curry or Thompson finding their range.

The game reached its zenith in the fourth when Curry finally found his range, hitting his only three with the game on the line, but finishing just 3-16 from the floor.

The Cavaliers - who've been within striking distance in all three contests and are 8-2 at home in the postseason - will have something to say about that as they try to keep their season alive on Friday night at The Q. Golden State won the game 110-102. They dominated the offensive glass by a margin of 15-6. The way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game. I didn't think LeBron could be swept but after 3 straight blows, I had a feeling today's game was inevitable.

Golden State are now one more win away from their second-consecutive title and third in four years.

Durant averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the title series, highlighted by a playoff career-high 43 points in Game 3 and his first Finals career triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 4.

After Game 4, James said the injury was "self-inflicted" and occurred because he was emotional after the Cavs lost the close game.

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight finals matchup against Cleveland easily.

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