Here are Seven Deadly Stats from the Warriors’ triumphant Finals win.
ESTABLISHING A DYNASTY
This postseason was all about elevating themselves to the status of dynasty for the Warriors. And although there were a few hiccups along the way, especially the dogfight that was the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, they got there in the end.
The Warriors are the 4th different NBA franchise to win at least three titles in a 4-season span. They join the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2018
THE THIRD QUARTER LEGENDS
The Warriors’ third-quarter surges have become the stuff of legend. The last two games of the conference finals was proof enough – they overturned double-digit halftime deficits in the space of one quarter both times – but the last game of the Finals served as an encore, as they blew the game open with a typical third quarter.
The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 12 points in the 3rd quarter.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2018
This postseason, Golden State has outscored its opponents by 153 points in the 3rd quarter, the largest point diff in a single playoff quarter in the Shot-Clock Era (since 1954-55). h/t @EliasSports
IN ELITE COMPANY, PART I
Durant is the player who’s made the Warriors virtually unbeatable, but Curry remains the engine of the team. He averaged 27.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in the Finals, scoring 37 points in the clincher to put himself in a select group of players.
Stephen Curry is now the 8th player with 3 titles and multiple MVPs, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Tim Duncan. pic.twitter.com/fXqmshRgSZ— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2018
IN ELITE COMPANY, PART II
Speaking of Durant, he’s in an even more select group after his performance in these Finals, winning the series’ MVP award for the second year running.
It was a close call between Durant and Curry, but the former’s Game 3 performance – 43 points and a dagger three-pointer – probably clinched it in his favour.
Kevin Durant is the 6th player to win back-to-back Finals MVPs.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2018
The others? LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. pic.twitter.com/3x40zhKm2c
And on the off chance there was any room for doubt after that, Durant’s Game 4 performance sealed it. Even though Curry scored 37 points, a triple-double to close out a championship series is hard to top.
Kevin Durant posted his 1st career #NBAFinals triple-double with 20 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST to help the @Warriors become 2017-2018 NBA Champions! KD is the 5th player in NBA history to produce a 20-point triple-double in a Finals-clinching victory. #SAPStatLineOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/4UBB5nAmdB— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 9, 2018
WHO’S THE GOAT?
Speaking of hard to top, LeBron James was so ridiculously good this postseason, there’s only ever been one playoff scoring run better than this. And of course that record belongs to Michael Jordan. Will the debate ever end?
With LeBron James out of the game, he finished with 748 points this postseason. That is the 2nd-most points in a single postseason in NBA history. Michael Jordan has the most with 759 points in 1992. pic.twitter.com/6XR5LDtM6z— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2018
CURRY’S DEFENDING HOLDS UP
James’ primary strategy on offense was to target the obvious mismatch: Curry. But the Warriors point guard did a good job of minimizing the damage – as did his teammates’ help defense whenever this matchup presented itself.
In the NBA Finals, there were 54 plays that ended with Stephen Curry on LeBron James. Curry held LeBron to 12 points, and the Cavaliers shot 36% as a team on those plays. pic.twitter.com/6DHhJ212QL— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2018
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