Warriors Eliminate Cavaliers to Claim NBA Championship

Nick Mcbride
June 13, 2017

Those are tidy numbers, extraordinary numbers, but all the Warriors cared about was getting another title, which they did with a 129-120 victory at Oracle Arena on Monday night, defeating the Cavaliers 4-1 in the 2017 NBA Finals.

In last year's NBA Finals, the Warriors took a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5, the same as it had this year, but Curry's team didn't manage to wrap up the series.

Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co. last July.

LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort for Cleveland.

The victory capped a spectacular playoffs run for Thompson and the Warriors, who lost just one game - going 16-1 - in the entire post season to win their second crown in three seasons - both championships coming at the expense of Cleveland.

The Cavs managed to stave off elimination once in this series with a 137-116 win in Game 4 at home but couldn't pull off another improbable comeback this year.

Draymond Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime. "I left everything out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short". A James three boosted the Cavs to a 18-11 lead at the 6:48 mark.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration.

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You want to achieve the highest honour in the team sport, which is winning the championship. "They assembled a great team". Still on the court, he and Curry looked into each other's eyes, did a little shake then slapped hands several times.

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James said in a press conference screened on nba.com: "I'm not happy he won his first - I'm not happy at all".

Golden State got there a little differently this time around, opening up a 3-0 lead.

The 2017 season was about two concurrent narratives for these Warriors: redeeming last year's loss, and ushering in the next half-decade of basketball dominance with the acquisition of Durant.

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"As a student of the game, it would be a disservice to myself if I didn't try to learn as much as possible while I'm playing with this guy", he said. "It's a team sport and I wanted to achieve the highest honor, which is win a championship".

Even though Kerr led a team loaded with future Hall of Famers and four NBA All-Stars to a championship, the personal battles he fought along the way threatened to keep him from the sidelines when his team took on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Durant finished the night with 39-7-5 and played perhaps his best game yet.

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