Warriors back as National Basketball Association champions

Hazel Gray
June 13, 2017

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said.

Was named the unanimous 2017 NBA Finals Most Valauable Player after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the best-of-seven series, which the Warriors won in five games.

This time Riley was joined by her 1-year-old sister, Ryan, whom Stephen held in his arms as the cheers rained down for Golden State's second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons following a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James, playing in his seventh straight NBA Finals, scored a game-high 41 points and averaged a triple-double in the Finals.

Durant finished with 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists on 14-for-20 shooting in 40 minutes.

The Cavs fought until the end.

LeBron James threw everything he had, and then a little bit more, at the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal. John Salley said he would pick the 1995-96 Bulls to win a series against the Warriors.

Clutch bucket after clutch bucket.

But each time, the Warriors recovered - led by Durant's clutch shooting.

From there, the Warriors defense stiffened and the Cavaliers congratulated the Warriors as the finals seconds ticked off the clock and the crowd went wild.

Curry was helping along the way by being aggressive when the long-range looks just weren't there.

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The win came three days after the Cavs snapped the Warriors' flawless streak this postseason.

The NBA Store tweeted out three items, two shirts and a hat.

They could outrun teams like the Showtime Lakers and outgun them like Michael Jordan's Bulls - and the Golden State Warriors had a more dominant postseason than either. "We battled. I told him, "We're tied up now" - and we're going to try to do this thing again, but I'm gonna celebrate this one tonight".

This time, everyone was healthy.

"We battled. But we did it".

One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That was as close as the Cavs would get.

Sometimes lost in all the chatter about a possible Warriors' dynasty is the fact that Golden State plays attractive, often unselfish team ball.

The turnaround came in the second quarter as the Warriors, who had trailed by eight, outscored Cleveland 38-23 in the period.

"We've learned from everything we've been through to bring (the trophy) back home", Curry said.

While the two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals, it was newcomer for Golden State who made the difference. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there". "We kept the lead at six, eight points - or the deficit". And we're going to do it again. The Warriors went on a 21-to-2 second-quarter run.

Durant's Warriors waltzed through the postseason with a 16-1 record, and it took a record-breaking performance by the Cavs in Game 4 to give them their only loss.

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