The X factor was Kevin Durant, who won the first championship of his illustrious career and was crowned Finals MVP, recording more than 30 points in each game of the series.
Josh McGuire once quipped that "winners have parties, losers have meetings" but we're tipping the Queensland forward hasn't seen anything quite like the celebrations the Golden State Warriors indulged in after clinching the National Basketball Association championship against Cleveland Cavaliers.
For James, already a three-time champion, the loss puts him in rare - but not ideal - company as only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals. "We're champions. And we're celebrating on our home court". "I'm confident we'll have him back".
"I mean, come on, you got a bunch of guys who are talented and can shoot and pass and dribble, and they're unselfish", Kerr said.
That all spells trouble for the rest of the league, who saw the Warriors capture a title in 2015, win a record-setting 73 games the next regular season before Durant moved to the Bay Area and the team became a juggernaut. Given the things that coach Steve Kerr and star player Steph Curry have said publicly about the Commander-in-Chief and the widespread reports of a unanimous decision to not make the trip, the White House surely won't be inclined to issue the invitation. Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition.
Kerr returned to coach the last four games of the NBA Finals after taking time off since the middle of the first round of the playoffs in hopes of finding a remedy to nausea and migraines he was experiencing stemming from back surgery from almost two years ago.
"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said. He could take a season off and work in TV, or he could end up with another team.
Cleveland got off to a fast start and built a 41-33 lead on a dunk by James early in the second quarter.
Going into the game, the Warriors were listed in most sportsbooks as 9- or 9.5-point favorites, meaning that in order for Warriors bettors to cash in on their ticket, the Warriors had to win by ten or more points.
"I played against some really, really good teams that were assembled perfectly, and they're right up there".