For the fourth year in succession, the NBA Finals will be a contest between Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
Another chapter between two greats of the game – LeBron James and Steph Curry – awaits once more.
The Warriors booked their place by defeating the Houston Rockets 101-92 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals.
Just as James had done for the Cavs against the Boston Celtics, it was Curry who hauled his side over the line.
Curry’s hot streak
The Warriors trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before their main man took control.
Curry scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as the Houston developed a serious problem, mustering only 15 points.
Afterwards, Curry was asked about his tendency to get on a hot streak in the third quarter.
The point guard puts it down to a combination of stamina and self belief:
Curry was ably supported by Kevin Durant, who scored 34 points and set a new record along the way.
The two-time Olympic champion amassed 213 points in the series against the Rockets.
That surpassed the previous best of 212 points in a Western Conference finals, jointly held by Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal.
Here’s what he had to say when he found out he entered the record books:
Old rivals renew
Golden State will now seek to retain the NBA crown they won with a 4-1 triumph over the Cavs 12 months ago.
Cleveland prevailed in 2016, a year after the Warriors claimed the first installment of their enduring rivalry.
Chapter Four gets underway in Oakland on Thursday night.