Warriors Win Second NBA Championship in Three Years

Elizabeth Williams
June 13, 2017

"It hurts man, it just hurts", Kevin Durant muttered as he was slouched over the microphone in American Airlines Arena. West shoved Irving to pick up a technical foul, then went chest-to-chest with Tristan Thompson. That historic comeback for the Cavs began with Draymond Green being suspended in Game 5. The Warriors have three of the 17, trailing the San Francisco 49ers (five) and Oakland Athletics (four).

But there's no indication that the 3-1 talk is going to get to the Warriors.

The Cavs certainly had little role in it. Love had no points at halftime. But for Game 5, the focus is on Stephen Curry.

The Cavaliers set a Finals record with 49 points in the first quarter and led by 16 when it was over.

"There is no stopping LeBron or Steph [Curry] or Kyrie [Irving]".

Smith counted with two 3s of his own in the final minute, or it could've been worse.

"You can make a sandwich before somebody even gets out there", Durant said of how it seemed in Game 4. James above all would not let them and nearly inexplicably, the Cavs were within five points, 98-93, entering the fourth quarter.

The Cavs were shaky early, but got back into it with their defense.

James was valiant in defeat for the Cavs with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. James turned to the officials, saying he had been fouled.

Kevin Durant is now an NBA Champion, something a critic can never take away from him.

"We have to be more on edge". When those shots started falling, and Cleveland's weren't, a tidal wave went through. And these two teams are in the same situation again, with the Cavaliers down 3-1, heading to Oakland for Game 5.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers have already staved off elimination once with a victory in Cleveland in Game 4.

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

"I had a letdown a year ago", Green said. ". Getting that first championship for me was like having my first son".

The Warriors fell to the Cavs on June 9, 2017 during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

They did it in typical Warriors fashion, a stunning 21-2 blitz in the second quarter giving them control of the game and holding off every run Cleveland made at them in the second half.

And so the dream of an unblemished postseason is now dead for Golden State. They get more calls, are able to complain to the officials, and get the benefit of the doubt- most of the time. "No", he added. "But like I've always told myself, if you put in the work and you leave it on the floor, then you can always push forward and not look backwards".

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said. You need that. When we come out in the beginning of Game 4 and lose shooters and turn the ball over carelessly, we're obviously not ready. "We were really good tonight". There is no reason why Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will want to change their approach.

Golden State won the championship in 2015 and Cleveland took the title past year.

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