Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to win NBA title

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Golden State fought off a charge from defending champions the Cavaliers on Monday to earn their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons with a 129-120 game-five victory.

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

James became the first player in NBA history to average a triple double in the NBA Finals after scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists on Monday. The 2017 NBA Finals MVP was brilliant in the series, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said there were tears in the locker room after the final defeat, including his own.

The scene was the icing on the cake for those who spent hours posted at the arena, riveted as they cheered the Warriors to the win. Kyrie Irving finished with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant, 28, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals. To be back here, bring ol' Larry back home, I'm just excited to do something special.

Monday night's Game 5 conclusion of another Warriors-Cavaliers series rose to an average 15.3 rating among metered market households for ABC, a almost 10 percent lift from the comparable Game 5 overnight score in 2016.

"We came up against a worthy opponent, we weren't able to get over the hump and get it done but there's no such thing as a failed season when you work as hard as we did". "You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he added.

"The toughest challenge was to come in here and see how I can help my teammates get better - that was more important to me than anything", said Durant.

Durant has now scored 25 points or more in each of his first 10 finals games - a feat previously achieved only by Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - After a night of celebrating the Golden State Warriors latest National Basketball Association title, fans snapped up victory shirts and hats Tuesday, while Oakland crews were busy hanging championship banners along the parade route. "Like I said, teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together to be able to hopefully compete against this team".

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