Golden State defeat Cleveland Cavaliers to claim National Basketball Association crown

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

"We were able to get them a year ago, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen", James said. Is it Michael Jordan?

Our generation doesn't know enough about Kareem Abdul Jabar. Is it Bill Russell?

"Right now, the only answer seems to be 'not a damned thing.' Because that's the only answer that makes sense".

The Cavaliers will be searching for answers in the off-season after being dethroned, the Warriors avenging last year's loss when they squandered a 3-1 finals lead.

It was an efficient effort, too.

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.

Elgin Baylor, West's longtime teammate, never won a title in eight title series with the Lakers.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", James said.

"It feels great to win, but to go against somebody I view as like a rival, personally, is an unbelievable feeling to beat him", Durant said. I came in and tried to help my team.

After the Cavaliers won the title in 2016, Golden State's focus turned to a player who wasn't in the NBA Finals: Durant.

In his postgame news conference, he was not deflated but he wasn't content with the outcome.

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This isn't the first time Durant has sent some love Rihanna's way.

"I'm just happy for him".

"I think Golden State, they played great".

That didn't happen. Time sands the rough edges.

The other two players to achieve a Finals MVP in their first year on a new team were Magic Johnson and Moses Malone. "And I did that from day one, and I just tried to stay with that". "Does it always result in us winning? No".

After the Warriors defeated the Cavs on Monday evening, Lee Jenkins wrote about the significant exchange Green had with Durant past year. And it feels incredible to win a championship with these guys.

Cleveland has now lost two of the three showdowns in this Finals trilogy. "I feel like we've grown from that".

James' work ethic has clearly rubbed off on fellow franchise cornerstone Kyrie Irving.

"I mean, come on, you got a bunch of guys who are talented and can shoot and pass and dribble, and they're unselfish", Kerr said. "It's just making the most of the opportunity that was in front of us".

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