The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals for the fifth successive season at the expense of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Golden State completed a 4-0 sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals with a 119-117 overtime win in Game 4.
Here are three takeaways from two-time defending champions Golden State's big win in Portland on Monday.
Leonard the X-factor nobody was ready for
Portland's Meyers Leonard had a career night against the Warriors.
The seventh-year center poured in 25 first-half points, which is more than he has ever scored in a game in the NBA or college. He finished with a team-high 30 points, 12 rebounds and knocked down five three-pointers in the contest.
Leonard's insertion into the starting line-up was essential to stretching Golden State's defense out, but it was not enough to prolong the series.
Curry has continued to step it up
Stephen Curry is on a roll.
The Warriors star has scored at least 30 points in his last five playoff games, but he took things up a notch on Monday, recording a triple-double.
Curry finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Golden State's win, while team-mate Draymond Green tallied a triple-double of his own.
Two-time MVP Curry has been re-asserting his dominance as of late, which is a great sign for the Warriors – who have been playing without injured star Kevin Durant.
Curry did not sit for a single second after half-time on the road.
Golden State owned the boards
The Warriors took control of the rebounding battle, beating the Trail Blazers on the boards 56-38.
Golden State created plenty of second-chance opportunities, as they grabbed 15 offensive rebounds compared to Portland's six.
Western Conference Finals Champs ! pic.twitter.com/8SfVweJjmp— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 21, 2019
The Warriors will now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. Milwaukee enter Tuesday's Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead.
|NFL news and notes: Brown won´t face prosecution, Eagles´ injuries force cancelled practice|
|Manning on being benched by Giants: I´m not dying and the season is not over|
|Antonio Brown will not face prosecution for alleged sexual assault incident in Pennsylvania|
|Drew Brees won´t go on injured reserve after thumb surgery|
|Stephen Curry: Playing in 2020 Tokyo Olympics ´is the plan, for sure´|
|Brewers pull even with Cubs in wild-card race after topping Padres|
|Rockets star Harden: I want to be one of those basketball players you won´t forget|
|Smith-Schuster on Rudolph: He´s going to help us win a lot of games|
|Jets´ Le´Veon Bell ´frustrated´ by start to NFL season|
|That´s what he said: 10 best NFL quotes from Week 2|
|NFL news and notes: Giants bench Manning, Fitzpatrick traded to Steelers|
|Minkah Fitzpatrick trade: What exactly are Dolphins, Steelers doing?|
|Quarterback carousel: Four of NFL´s most durable QBs gone in one week|
|Daniel Jones named Giants starter: Three stats that define Eli Manning´s legacy|
|Pirates´ Felipe Vazquez arrested, charged with solicitation of a minor|
|Panthers QB Newton a doubt for Week 3 after missing practice|
|Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting QB|
|Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers in exchange for first-round pick|
|Cubs top Reds for fifth straight win|
|White Sox pitcher Giolito to miss rest of season with lat strain|
|Beckham stars in Browns´ easy win over Jets|
|Brewers star Yelich opens up about season-ending knee injury|
|Jets QB Siemian exits game against Browns with ankle injury|
|NFL news and notes: Brees out for six weeks, Roethlisberger done for season|
|Roethlisberger reiterates commitment to Steelers despite season-ending injury|
|Snoop Dogg tells Steelers to sign Kaepernick after Roethlisberger injury|
|Antonio Brown denies claims of sexual misconduct from second woman|
|Browns´ Chris Smith to play against Jets after death of girlfriend|
|Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger out for season with elbow injury|
|Drew Brees reportedly set for surgery on thumb injury|
|Kansas City Chiefs not taking ´unique´ Mahomes for granted|
|Matt Ryan proud of record-breaker Julio Jones as Falcons soar late|
|Clowney: Wilson the reason I joined Seahawks|
|Falcons edge Eagles in thriller|
|Packers´ LaFleur plays down animated exchange with Rodgers|
|Braun lifts Brewers past Cardinals with grand slam|
|Saints´ Brees to see specialist about thumb injury|
|Mahomes erupts for Chiefs, Patriots and 49ers win big|
|Giants replacing Manning with Jones not ´a conversation for right now´ – Shurmur|
|Mahomes puts up huge numbers in first half against Raiders|
|Steelers´ Tomlin on 0-2 start to NFL season: ´We understand the position we´re in´|
|49ers offensive tackle Staley suffers broken fibula in win over Bengals|
|Brees and Donald sidelined with injuries in Rams v Saints|
|Angels star Trout to undergo foot surgery|
|Ben Roethlisberger leaves Steelers-Seahawks game with elbow injury|
|Antonio Brown scores first touchdown with Patriots off Tom Brady pass|
|Adrian Peterson passes Jim Brown to go fifth on all-time rushing TD list|
|Antonio Brown to make Patriots debut against Dolphins|
|FIBA World Cup 2019: MVP Rubio leads Spain to final glory|
|Mets shut out Dodgers to keep pace with Cubs, Brewers in wildcard race|
|Ortiz makes first public comments after shooting: I would wake up ... feeling like I´m going to die|
|FIBA World Cup 2019: Popovich blasts critics after USA finish seventh, Serbia take fifth|
|Cubs take advantage of Pirates´ historically bad pitching|
|Braves first baseman Freeman removed with right elbow soreness|
|NFL news and notes: Belichick mum on Brown´s Week 2 status, Newton shoulders blame|
|FIBA World Cup 2019: Spain & Argentina set to play for gold medal|
|The Sunday Seven - 7 Key Opta facts for NFL Week 2|
|Cam Newton after Panthers loss: All fingers are pointing at me specifically|
|Cubs, Brewers, Mets & Phillies win in fight for second NL wild-card spot|
|Newton struggles as Panthers fall to Winston´s Buccaneers|
|Brewers´ Yelich addresses season-ending injury: I´ll be just fine|
|NFL Week 2: Games, players & teams to watch|
|NFL news and notes: Darnold out ´weeks´ with mono, Foles targeting Week 11 return|
|This Week in US Sports: Brown drama continues, MLB sets home run record|
|Shohei Ohtani to undergo knee surgery, will end season early|
|Darnold could miss ´multiple weeks´ with glandular fever|
|FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA to play for seventh place after loss to Serbia|
|Orioles´ Villar hits record-setting 6,106th home run of season|
|Rodgers to Packers fans: Don´t do the wave when we´re on offense|
|Cowboys´ Elliott ´ready for a normal workload´ in Week 2|