Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch National Basketball Association title

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2017

"I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work", Durant said.

"I'm happy for him", Curry said. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row".

The Cavaliers like to play a more rugged game using the size and strength of James, Love and Tristan Thompson to their advantage. Kyrie Irving finished with 26 points but shot 9 for 22. "But as far as me actually playing, I won't", said James.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. James' 41 points were not enough.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

The Warriors followed up their 2015 title by winning a record 73 regular-season games in the 2015-16 campaign, but stumbled with a 3-1 finals lead and fell victim to the greatest comeback in finals history by Cleveland.

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Iguodala chipped in with 20 points off the bench and Draymond Green had a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Warriors, who topped 100 points for the 17th straight time in the playoffs. Golden State still holds a 3-1 series edge. Smith battled injuries and unthinkable personal heartache to still remain one of the Cavaliers' key components throughout the playoffs this year.

Beating Cleveland two out of three in the first rivalry to be featured in three consecutive finals didn't hurt the sense of drama the Warriors aroused all season. West shoved Irving to pick up a technical foul, then went chest-to-chest with Tristan Thompson. He did it all for these moments, several of them really, building all season and throughout the night of Game 4.

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the finals series 4-1.

"We felt like Kevin could come in and help us and, like I said, make it all complete", Green said. So that's just the grind of the game, and things that happen within the game, you let go, you leave them where they stand and you collect the troops up again and we get ready to go do this thing again. That was the most points he has scored in a half during the finals.

"I just wanted to lay it all out there".

"This was what we talked about this whole year", Curry said, "realizing this goal and understanding how important we both would be to the equation, along with our teammates, and learned a lot about each other going through this journey". "You want to reward your home fans and you obviously don't want to extend the series any longer than it has to be when you're in this position".

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