Who Won the NBA Finals in 2018?

We take a look at who won the NBA Finals in 2018 and what this means for the league moving forward.

The teams

The teams that played in the NBA Finals in 2018 were the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James, and the Warriors were led by Stephen Curry.

The Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and took the city’s name, before changing its geographic moniker to Golden State in 1971. They play their home games at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves. Home games were first held at Cleveland Arena from 1970 to 1974, followed by the Richfield Coliseum from 1974 to 1994. Since 1994, the Cavs have played their home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland. The team’s primary rival is the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers have appeared in three NBA Finals, winning one in 2016. Their most recent appearance was in 2018, when they lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

The players

The starting lineup for the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals consisted of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins. The Warriors won the Finals in four games, and Durant was named the Finals MVP.

LeBron James

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers in his 16-year NBA career. He is a three-time NBA champion, winning titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 and with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He has also been named the NBA Finals MVP on three occasions, in 2012, 2013, and 2016. James is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Steph Curry

Stephen Curry is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A six-time NBA All-Star, he has been named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice and won three NBA championships with the Warriors.

The series

The 2018 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s

Game 1

The Golden State Warriors began their quest for a third consecutive NBA championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. The Warriors, who are the defending champions, are led by two-time MVP Stephen Curry and All-Star Kevin Durant. The Cavaliers are led by four-time MVP LeBron James.

The Warriors started the game strong, with Durant scoring the first eight points of the game. The Cavaliers fought back and took a brief lead, but the Warriors finished the first quarter with a 14-point lead. The Warriors extended their lead in the second quarter and took a 67-49 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Cavaliers mounted a comeback and cut the Warriors’ lead to four points. However, the Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter and won the game 124-114. Durant was named the Finals MVP, becoming the first player in NBA history to win back-to-back Finals MVPs with different teams.

Game 2

The series shifted to Boston for Game 2. The Celtics won 110–106, tying the series at 1–1. LeBron James scored a game-high 28 points and had 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, while Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points for the Celtics, while Al Horford had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Game 3

The third game of the Finals took place on Wednesday, June 6, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors won, 122–103, to take a 3–0 series lead. Kevin Durant was named the Finals MVP for the second consecutive year.

Game 4

The Warriors win in a closeout game, co-MVPs Durant and Curry put up fantastic numbers
In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors won the game by a score of 112-108, winning the series 4-0. This was a closeout game, and both teams played very well. However, in the end, the Warriors were just too much for the Cavaliers.

For the Warriors, co-MVPs Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both played extremely well. Durant had a triple-double, scoring 31 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 6 assists. Curry also had a great game, scoring 29 points and dishing out 6 assists. These two players were just too much for the Cavaliers to handle.

The Cavaliers did have some bright spots in this game. LeBron James played very well, scoring 33 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Kevin Love also had a good game, scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. However, these two players were not enough to lead the Cavaliers to victory.

In the end, the Warriors were just too much for the Cavaliers. With co-MVPs Durant and Curry leading the way, they were able to win the series 4-0.

Game 5

The Cavaliers defeat the Warriors 115-101 to win the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. LeBron James is named Finals MVP for the third time in his career.

Game 6

On June 13, 2018, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108–85 in Game 6 of the 2018 NBA Finals to win their second consecutive and third overall NBA championship. The Warriors won the series 4–0, becoming the first team in NBA history to achieve a Finals sweep three times (the other two times being in 1947 and 1957). They also became the fifth team to win at least three championships in four seasons. The Warriors were led by Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who averaged 28.8 points per game (ppg), 10.8 rebounds per game (rpg), and 7.5 assists per game (apg) for the series. Stephen Curry averaged 27.5 ppg, 6.8 apg, and 5.3 rpg for the Warriors

Game 7

The stage was set for one of the most epic Game 7s in recent NBA history. The defending champion Golden State Warriors had taken a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, but the Houston Rockets had battled back to force a decisive game. The Warriors were without their star player, Kevin Durant, who was sidelined with an injury, but they still had a talented lineup that included Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The Rockets were led by their two superstar players, James Harden and Chris Paul. Harden was having an incredible series, and Paul was healthy and playing well after missing much of the season with injuries.

The game was close throughout, and it came down to the final seconds. With the score tied at 101-101, Curry hit a turnaround jumper over Paul to give the Warriors a 103-101 lead with just over 10 seconds remaining. The Rockets took a timeout, and on the ensuing possession, Harden missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game. The Warriors held on to win 103-100, and they became the first team in NBA history to win a Game 7 on the road.

The aftermath

The aftermath of the NBA Finals can be a lot to take in for some people. It can be a time of joy or a time of sorrow depending on who you are rooting for. There can be a lot of excitement or a lot of disappointment.

The reaction

The aftermath of the 2018 NBA Finals was one of joy and celebration for the Golden State Warriors, who won their third championship in four years. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was a time of soul-searching and disappointment, as they failed to win a title for the second straight year.

The Warriors were crowned champions after defeating the Cavaliers in Game 4 by a score of 108-85. It was a dominant performance by Golden State, who outscored Cleveland by 32 points in the second half to seal the victory.

Following the game, there was an on-court celebration for the Warriors, who were presented with the championship trophy and medals. The team then went to the locker room to celebrate their victory with champagne and beer.

For the Cavaliers, it was a somber scene in the locker room, as they came to terms with the fact that they had come up short once again. LeBron James, who had been trying to lead his team to a title since returning to Cleveland in 2014, was visibly emotional after the game.

In the days after the Finals, both teams held press conferences to discuss their respective seasons. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised his team for their resilience in overcoming injuries throughout the year, while also paying tribute to James and the Cavaliers.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue spoke about how his team had fought hard all season but just came up short against a superior opponent. He also announced that he would be stepping down as head coach due to health reasons.

The legacy

The Golden State Warriors are one of the most successful teams in NBA history. They have won 3 championships in the last 4 years, and show no signs of slowing down. But what does this mean for the rest of the league?

The Warriors have set a new standard for excellence, and other teams will have to work harder than ever to keep up. The league is more competitive than ever, and it will be interesting to see how this affects the future of the NBA.

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