Warriors coach Steve Kerr called James "terrifying" and said he is level with former Kerr teammate Michael Jordan as the NBA's finest that he ever saw.
Curry top scored but it was Kevin Durant who was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, adding 20 points, 12 rebounds and a post-season career high of 10 assists.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to come here with a mission and get the job done", Curry said.
"I pretty much played the last two games with a broken hand". The Warriors also won in 1947 and 1956 when based in Philadelphia plus 1975, 2015 and 2017 after their move to the San Francisco Bay area in 1962. "This feels like reality", Kerr said.
It was the Warriors third NBA title in four straight NBA Finals - all against Cleveland.
"We used the experience previous year to our advantage", Curry said.
Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers previous year - also down 3-0 to the Warriors, they won by 19 to force one more game - to prepare, knowing they'd face a focused opponent.
LeBron James played the last three games of the NBA Finals with a severe right hand injury. Even with being, arguably, the greatest player in National Basketball Association history, James can't defeat the mighty force of the Golden State Warriors alone.
With the possibility of James leaving Cleveland as a free agent in the offseason, we can expect Barkley to have another hot take.
After Game 4, James said the injury was "self-inflicted" and occurred because he was emotional after the Cavs lost the close game.
Fans chanted "M-V-P" to James in the final minutes, sensing his possible exit again. He departed in 2010 for Miami before returning in 2014.
"We've got a lot of three-time, two-time champs in there, and we'll have plenty of time in our lives to discuss that later", Curry said.
James said he did not yet know where he would play next season.
"We all want something that's bigger than ourselves".
"He obviously has some health issues he's still working through, but we'll get it done".
"This is about the journey. Be the leader I know I can be for this ballclub, for this franchise every night, no matter what was going on from the outside or the inside, and be reliable every single day".
"You guys like this brace, huh?"
"It's a journey that's better than the destination. I'm happy to be part of this group". His nine quick points sent the Warriors to a 13-3 lead. Golden State throttled Cleveland, holding the Cavs to just 13 points. Golden State led by 11 in the first quarter, fell behind midway through the second, and went into the locker room with momentum after Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the period.
There was no way that King James wouldn't have been heated after Smith, not known for his attention to detail, literally cost them a golden opportunity to get at least one game against the far more superior Warriors.
James was removed with 4:03 remaining and congratulated the Warriors before taking a seat on the bench.
Luke Heimlich of Oregon State Goes Undrafted Again
He did not play for Oregon State a year ago in the second round of the N.C.A.A. tournament or in the College World Series. The specter of criticism spooked a number of executives from putting Heimlich on their draft boards in the first place.