The Warriors stand alone. Again.

CLEVELAND — Three years ago, the Golden State Warriors walked out of this city with a championship. It was all so fresh and new and exciting, this homegrown team full of unselfish players who played the game with equal parts ferocity and unbridled exuberance.

The Warriors had the sport in the palm of their hands back then. It wasn’t a question of if they’d be back on the Finals stage, but how many more titles would they would win. In that euphoric postgame celebration, no one could have foreseen the moments that would define the next few years.

They would win 73 games the following year, only to fall to LeBron James and the Cavaliers after building a 3-1 series lead. They would answer by signing Kevin Durant, upsetting the fragile balance of competitive advantage in a sport where only a handful of teams can even dream of winning a championship each year.

They have three championships now after wrapping up a series sweep over the Cavs, getting it done with a 108-85 victory in Game 4 that was as anti-climatic as it was inevitable. They are 8-1 in the Finals since adding Durant, and while LeBron remains a daunting obstacle, this rivalry has never seemed less competitive than it

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