Curry, Warriors off to fast start in Game 4

Ten lingering thoughts Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are closing the curtain on LeBron James' chances at a second ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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 ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.

LeBron James played the last three games of the NBA Finals with a severe right hand injury.

Dejounte Murray of the San Antonio Spurs doesn't really have his own interactions with James to make his recruitment a bit ironic, but his team is 2-1 against James in the Finals during his career, although all of those wins also came with Tim Duncan on the roster. Thing is, the Cavs actually hung in there for much of the second quarter, and even led 43-42 on James' tough runner with 5:49 left.

The fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the two rivals proved to be the most lopsided as the Warriors won the latest best-of-seven series in four games. All they need to be worrying about is making sure they don't get swept on their home court in what could possibly be LeBron's final game in a Cavs uniform.

It doesn't quite rise to the level of a war of words - these two teams spend a lot of time complimenting one another - but Stephen Curry took mild umbrage with something James said after Game 3.

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But it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over.

The Warriors buried the Cavaliers in the third quarter, holding them to 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting. He secured his first playoff triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night's Game 4.

Golden State controlled the first quarter but the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors 14-4 to open the second.

LeBron James has 16 points for Cleveland. Golden State is National Basketball Association champs for the third time in four years, all against Cleveland, and celebrated at The Q for the second time.

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say.

Klay Thompson scored 10 points for the Warriors and Draymond Green contributed nine points and nine assists. "As you get older and older, your game gets more and more seasoned. Whether you live up to it or not, you've got to be OK with your effort and your intensity and whatnot and the result of the game", Curry said.