That almost wound up costing the Warriors dearly, as fourth-quarter collapses in both Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals allowed Houston take a 3-2 lead in the series, and move Golden State to within a game of elimination.
Durant averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in the series.
Durant scored 43 points helping Golden State secure a 3-0 series lead over Cleveland.
James averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series, but as has been the case in the past, he didn't have enough help.More news: Gary Rowett opens door for Xherdan Shaqiri exit
Golden State have won all three against the Cavaliers with the final game finishing in Cleveland for the second time and with speculation LeBron James could leave Cleveland.
James, most definitely, does not want to get swept in the NBA Finals for a second time.
There was one game, however, that James and the Cavs nearly stole.
The first and second quarter performances by the Cavaliers were extraordinary, they moved the ball and stopped Curry from finding his rhythm.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) warms up as the basketball team's practiced during the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. His nine quick points sent the Warriors to a 13-3 lead.
The challenge of trying to combat the Warriors - whether James hopes to do it in Cleveland or elsewhere - was made plain not long after Game 4 started. Houston finished seven games ahead of the Warriors in the regular season, earning the right to be the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. "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. Hood's 15 points gave himself and the Cavaliers new life, creating offense where there was none.More news: EA Origin Access Premier subscription gets pre-launch games
Cavaliers fans waited outside the Warriors' team hotel after the loss apparently to heckle the players. James also laid out a potential blueprint for the Cavs to follow if they want to keep him.
James revealed post-game that he had broken his hand following the narrow Game 1 loss after punching a board in frustration.
"I have no idea at this point", LeBron said after Golden State swept Cleveland in the NBA Finals. Like most Gregg Popovich teams, that was one very well coached, and there didn't seem to be a lot of mistakes made throughout the series.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Months of weight will lifted off him once the Warriors, who haven't lost four straight games since 2013, are crowned again. "I sense that our team is more settled going into tonight than maybe we would have been two, three years ago".
"If you can get healthy and guys are playing at the right level at the same time, then you can feel like you can beat anybody".More news: EA Play 2018's Layout Holds a Secret Surprise