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2018 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 4
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue 0
Dates: May 31–June 8
MVP: Kevin Durant
(Golden State Warriors)
Eastern Finals: Cavaliers defeated Celtics, 4–3
Western Finals: Warriors defeated Rockets, 4–3

The 2018 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2017–18 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs.

In this best-of-seven playoff, the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors swept the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers in four games, making it the second time that the Warriors swept a team in the Finals; the first being against the Washington Bullets in 1975. This year's Finals was the first time in any of North America's four major professional sports leagues that the same two teams met for the championship four years in a row. This was also the first time that a team was swept in the NBA Finals since 2007, in which the Cavaliers were also the losing team against the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James, in his eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance and ninth appearance overall, suffered the second Finals sweep of his career, having also played in the 2007 Finals, being the fifth player to get swept in the Finals twice, joining Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wes Unseld, and Michael Cooper. Warriors small forward Kevin Durant was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

The Warriors have entered the series having home-court advantage with a regular-season record of 58–24, compared to the Cavaliers' regular-season record of 50–32. Entering the matchup, the Warriors were also noted by various sports media outlets as one of the biggest NBA Finals favorites in recent history. This was the first time since 2012 that the Finals did not feature either of the top seeds in each conference. The 2018 Finals began on May 31 and ended on June 8. The series broke the record set by the 2014 NBA Finals for the highest average scoring differential per game (15.0) for an NBA Finals series.

As of 2021, this is the last time that a team got swept in the NBA Finals.

2018 NBA Playoffs

Golden State Warriors (Western Conference Champion) Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champion)
58–24 (.707)

1st Pacific, 2nd West, 3rd Overall

Regular season 50–32 (.646)

1st Central, 4th East, 6th Overall

Defeated the (7) San Antonio Spurs, 4–1 First Round Defeated the (5) Indiana Pacers, 4–3
Defeated the (6) New Orleans Pelicans, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (1) Toronto Raptors, 4–0
Defeated the (1) Houston Rockets, 4–3 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) Boston Celtics, 4–3

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 May 31 Golden State 124–114 (OT) Cleveland
Game 2 June 3 Golden State 122–103 Cleveland
Game 3 June 6 Cleveland 102–110 Golden State
Game 4 June 8 Cleveland 85–108 Golden State
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