Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

After coming up short to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game seven last year, the Warriors got their redemption on their home court in game five to win their second title in three years over Cleveland.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 in six games, while the Cavaliers dramatically won in 2016 in seven, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to win a series trailing 3-1.

Durant was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals on Monday after claiming an elusive NBA championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Andre Iguodala has scored 13 of Golden State's 28 bench points to help the Warriors to a 98-93 lead heading into the final quarter.

Durant paid special tribute to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who drained a game-high 41 points, but whose record in NBA Finals now falls to 3-5.

After two comfortable home wins at Oracle Arena and a thriller in the Game 3 in Cleveland, the Warriors suffered its first loss of the post-season in Game 4 against a defiant title-holder on the ropes.

LeBron James may be the game's greatest player but the manner in which his Cleveland Cavaliers were dispatched in the NBA Finals on Monday may have signaled that his championship window has been slammed shut. Green had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Thompson had 11 points. "Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well".

Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the Cavs.

The win provided redemption for the Warriors, who brought Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason to bolster their already high-powered offense.

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"LeBron and Kyrie, I've never seen nothing like them", Durant said. Replays showed that Durant did hit James on the head, which should have been his third personal foul. The Warriors have three, trailing the San Francisco 49ers (five) and Oakland Athletics (four).

Come Game 5 early this morning and the hot coffee in the kettle was not as hot as Kevin Durant's performance in what was to become the last game of the 2016/17 season.

On what it felt like to lose to the Warriors in the Finals in five games: "I left everything on the floor every game, all five games". The 89 points Golden State finished with that evening would stand as its lowest total of the season with Durant in the lineup. "I had a couple too many beers".

After Game 5, Irving spoke at length at how James' work effort inspires him and how he hopes to maintain their relationship for years to come (via Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver).

No unbeaten champion's play-off run in Major League Baseball has gone beyond seven wins and none in the National Hockey League (NHL) went past eight wins. Instead, he talked to reporters about how he was feeling about losing to the Warriors just one year after beating them in the Finals.

The rest of the world will little note nor long remember Memphis 110, Golden State 89 on December 10, 2016, in the FedExForum, but my two sons and I will.

In the end, the Cavaliers simply did not have the requisite star power to topple the talent-laden Warriors, even with four-time league MVP James doing all he could to keep his team in it.

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