Although Game 4 was down 12% in the metered market ratings from June 6's Game 3, overall, the four-game 2018 NBA Finals averaged 12.2 in metered market ratings, an uptick of 7% over ABC's traditional average for the NBA championship series.
"You can never count out a champion, no matter what's going on in the course of their season", Cleveland star LeBron James said, lauding the Warriors. "I remember sitting in this room three years ago; it seemed like a dream. Very emotional. For a lot of different reasons", James said. "But it was hard".
Virtually every word James has uttered over the past week would lead one to believe that he is prepared to leave the Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry lead Golden State with 37 points.
"But what [coach Tyronn Lue] did with his group and obviously what LeBron [James] does night after night is just incredible".
The Cavaliers clawed back from an 11-point deficit before pulling in front on a slam dunk from James near the midway mark of the second quarter that brought the home crowd to their feet. "I was there in the Hamptons (at the Durant recruiting session) when we had that discussion". "I'm going to try to hold onto it for as long as I can". It's good for you to be around guys like this.
The sweep was the first since 2007 when Cleveland was swept by San Antonio and only the ninth in Finals history.
But Steph seemed to be on a mission to finally claim it as he was the Warriors' best player in the opening two games and also broke the record for the most three-pointers in a Finals game with nine. It was Cleveland's first major sports championship since 1964 - to go with all the other ways James financially revitalized this city after returning from the Miami Heat to rejoin the team that drafted him. He fights and competes to the end. "It tests you mentally and physically to get through these series".
Stephen Curry has done about everything there is to do in the National Basketball Association. The line is identical to the spread for Game 3, which Golden State covered in a 110-102 victory. No doubt James will make other calls. "You can't have "my bads" or things like that because they're going to make you pay". "That's the beauty of their team". The Cavaliers probably should have won Game 1 and had a great chance to win Game 3, but there's no doubting who the better team is. Golden State throttled Cleveland, holding the Cavs to just 13 points.
The Warriors blocked 13 shots in the game, with Curry and Durant joining Green with three apiece. Andre Iguodala returned to the court and chipped in with eight points in 22 minutes of action.
It may have been the final game in Cleveland for the 33-year-old, who is expected to opt out of his $35.6 million contract for 2019 next month and become a free agent.
But this is as far as I'll go with guarantees before the LeBron Sweepstakes officially begin: James will not feel as though he owes Cleveland anything after these last four seasons.
"I hope he stays".
"We know we can beat this team and we have the confidence to do that", Lue said. "I don't think we've put our best game together yet, which is encouraging, because what better time to do that?"
Yes, there was a baseline presumption at the beginning of every season that these two teams would meet, but that overlooked the fact that at any point on those team's respective journeys, something internal or external could have prevented the two team's paths from intersecting in the summer. "It's pretty dope. I really don't want to wear it, though".