NBA Champs! Warriors defeat Cavs in Game 5 to win title

Doug Mendoza
June 13, 2017

But Golden State answered with a game-turning 27-4 run, slam dunks by Iguodala and Draymond Green and three Durant 3-pointers spicing the spurt that produced a 60-45 Warriors lead. When it was over, James went straight to congratulate Durant, who got revenge for losing the title with Oklahoma City to James' Miami Heat five years ago.

"Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organisation, for these families".

"To be back here and bring gold Larry (O'Brien) back home, I'm just excited to be a part of this group and accomplish something special".

Durant was named finals MVP after scoring over 30 points in each of the five games as he averaged 35.2 per game across the series.

James, who was named Finals MVP then, hugged Durant in a warm embrace after securing his first National Basketball Association championship. "Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs of slowing down", James said.

James hit a layup to open the fourth quarter and pull Cleveland within 98-95, as close as the Cavs had been in the second half after trailing by 17 in the first half.

The Warriors were able to find a stronger shooting groove behind Durant's impressive 21 and Curry's 20 first half points, as well as a crucial offensive and defensive contribution by Andre Iguodala off the bench.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback past year.

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Golden State was not going to allow history to repeat itself. Not to mention a healthy one after his 2016 injuries. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received technical fouls after a replay review.

On the other side of the ledger James spent much of Game 5 as the only real threat particularly with his wingman Kyrie Irving spending much of the night hobbled with back pain that seemed to make just running a chore. James scored 41 points and had 13 rebounds in the Game 5 loss.

"We were heartbroken last year, but this year was our turn and we're obviously quite happy", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Now we're champs again".

The two teams have contested the past three finals. "I told you when I was eight-years-old". He was the deserved MVP for the NBA Finals in 2017.

Fans light fireworks on a street in downtown Oakland, Calif., after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday June 12, 2017.

Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times. "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's incredible doing it on our home floor".

Durant tipped his hat to Cleveland, especially guard Kyrie Irving and forward LeBron James.

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