Andre Iguodala came up huge for the Warriors to win the title

Alvin Kelly
June 15, 2017

The Golden State Warriors have some wheeling and dealing to do, but prized assets Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are ready to commit to the National Basketball Association champions.

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After joining the Warriors in July 2016 - a decision which caused shockwaves in the National Basketball Association world among talk of a GSW "super team" - it took Durant just one season to win his first championship.

Though the Cavaliers led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter, Golden State soon reasserted their dominance by winning the second 38-23 to lead 71-60 at half-time.

Durant was once again the best player on the floor for the Warriors on Monday, hitting some timely three-pointers en route to a team-high 39 points.

Wrapping up the series in five games meant the Warriors came through the post-season with a 16-1 record, with only the defeat in game four keeping them from perfection.

Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship - not to mention shooting skills - through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.

The Warriors had been dominating the entire series, and many thought the scrappy, young team from Oakland, Calif., would sweep the champion Cavaliers the same way they swept through their earlier competition in the playoffs, but the Cavaliers rallied, and Friday night's loss in Cleveland sent the series back to Oakland with a forced game 5.

Speaking on ESPN and BT Sport, he added: "I've got the best job in the world, these guys are so gifted, so committed to each other and so unselfish". "I just have to continue to be the person I am and also grow along the way".

"Kevin's journey, our team embraced him", Myers said.

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So when you have them beat, you have to beat them. "To play with these guys is fantastic".

He finished the evening with 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals in 44 minutes of play.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback previous year.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the presentation of the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

"We'll be back", LeBron said, "me and you". "You just pick yourself back up and you keep pushing and you keep going".

James said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself.

"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him - you can't stop the guy".

I think that the first two games we talked about a year ago, you can go over all the shootarounds the walkthroughs you want to go through, but until you actually get on the floor and play against this team, it's tough.

Congrats to Durant and the Golden State Warriors. The former Sonic was voted NBA Finals MVP, 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden, an Ohio State center who was selected by Portland.

Despite being on the losing side, James was one of the stars of the Finals, scoring 41 points in Monday's game.

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