Warriors beat Cavaliers in Game 5, win NBA title

Lynette Rowe
June 15, 2017

"And at the end of the day, no matter what anybody says from now on, they can never take away from you being a champion".

Kevin Durant Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, Oakland, USA - 12 Jun 2017 Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant celebrates after winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the NBA Finals. Even though this is an era of super teams, bench players are very important and the Cavaliers learned it the hard way.

"Just the camaraderie, the togetherness of the whole organization, that's what it was about".

After getting outscored 37-33 in the first quarter, Golden State responded by taking an 11-point lead into the break. Will he bring in more role players as he did with 3-point ace Kyle Korver in order to build a better challenge for the Warriors in the finals?

"Andre (Iguodala) told me all the time: 'It is your time. So there's going to be a lot of teams that's trying to figure out ways to. match that if they're able to actually face them in the playoffs".

He scored 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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"Golden State (was) the best team this year", James said.

"You got to call Kevin Durant a champ now", sidekick Stephen Curry said. "That's a tough play to stop". The 51-year-old reigning NBA Coach of the Year sat out from the middle of the first round until the final four games of the NBA Finals after experiencing debilitating headaches stemming from back surgery he had two years ago. "It was phenomenal to be a part of".

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it proved in vain as the home team came out on top.

"I couldn't sleep for two days, I was anxious, I was jittery", Durant, 28, said in the post-game, on-court interview. Replays showed that Durant did hit James on the head, which should have been his third personal foul. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short".

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.

The Cavaliers shot 53.4 percent from the field and 45.8 percent on 3-pointers, but were outrebounded 42-40 and outscored 23-15 at the free-throw line. And that's all you can ask. The championship was the 17th won by a San Francisco Bay Area franchise in baseball, basketball or football. Of course not. He is still playing basketball at the highest possible level, continuing to play it with consummate team values.

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