Golden State defeat Cleveland Cavaliers to claim National Basketball Association crown

Ross Houston
June 14, 2017

"But we're champions and it's fantastic doing it on our home court".

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship. "I was anxious, I was jittery". I just wanted to put it all out there.

Following Monday's win, he embraced his mother, Wanda Durant, on the court. Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well. The 39-point effort in Game 5 capped a series when he was the best player nearly every night, no small feat when LeBron James was putting up a performance for the ages, averaging a triple-double for the Cavs. "I left everything out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short".

The win spelled redemption for the Warriors, who brought forward Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last off-season to bolster their already high-powered offence.

At the half the Warriors had an 11-point lead on the strength of a 21-2 run midway through the quarter by the Warriors.

James is in the latter stages of his career after 14 National Basketball Association seasons but is so dominant and playing at such a high level that he can turn any team into an instant contender. Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition.

The answer: An emphatic no.

After dropping last year's title when Cleveland made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history from a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors vowed not to stumble again.

He followed Durant's second three of the game with a trey of his own, pushing the Warriors' lead to five. Twelve of the Warriors' 16 playoff wins this postseason were by double digits.

People will probably now ask: who runs the Warriors - Steph Curry or Kevin Durant? "That's cool for me to talk about it on Instagram or Twitter", Durant said. "But then that was far from the truth". But it turns out there was a silver lining in that crushing defeat: It directly helped the team sign Durant, per a report from Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins.

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. It's what celebrating fan Stephanie Abbati says she loves about her Warriors. It's all about the group. "They're going to be the highest favourite we've ever had going into a season, any team in any sport", Jeff Serman, an odds maker at the Westgate SuperBook, was quoted as saying by ESPN. And understanding how things work, not only just in the game, but off the court, things that matter, just taking care of your body, understanding the magnitude of what the goal is at hand and what steps it takes in order to achieve that goal. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the National Basketball Association championship. "I can't wait to celebrate for the rest of the night - well, maybe the rest of the summer". Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebound after a sluggish Game 4 performance. Iguodala added 20 points. His final numbers were wonderful, posting an average of 33.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, and 10.0 APG. Cleveland was incredible; they earned it. "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work".

The 2017 NBA Championship title was a long-awaited, first-time title for finals MVP Kevin Durant.

During his absence, Kerr was still involved at practice, but he handed the game day responsibilities to assistant coach Mike Brown.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played on the 1995-96 Bulls, had the ideal response to these comments. Durant discussed his team, himself, his family and also a man he had to go through to win this coveted trophy. He was seen tearing up after the game. Thompson said what all the Warriors said, that there's more joy in coming together and playing great ball and winning a title than there is in dominating play yourself. It was his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, the only non-Boston Celtic to do so.

Golden State's near-perfect post-season run - they finished the playoffs with a remarkable 16-1 record - will go down as one of the best playoff performances in National Basketball Association - no - sports history.

Durant, with 39 in last night's clincher, was the difference in what was one of the easiest MVP votes in the history of the Finals. On the Cavs part it was not all-smooth sailing as they gave it a mighty go.

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