Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers to win the National Basketball Association title
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 2:45
Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at.941.
Durant, who had joined forces with another superstar in Steph Curry alongside Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to form an incredible force, led the way in Game 5 with 39 points to help the team to record books.
Ok first things first, LeBron is still the best player in the world. "I was anxious. I was jittery". I put in work, I just had to trust in it. "I was trying to challenge he him", Durant said. "We prevailed, we are champions and it was incredible to do it on our own floor".
The two-time US Olympic gold medallist scored more than 30 points in each of the five games - the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 for the LA Lakers - and averaged 35.2 per game across the series. The Warriors went on a 21-to-2 second-quarter run.
"It's a combination of talent and commitment to each other and the unselfish nature of all of them", Kerr said. Not from getting blown out the opening night of the season through battling a brilliant LeBron James performance in the last one.
The Cavaliers forward averaged a triple-double during the 2017 NBA Finals, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Cavaliers from losing in five games to the Warriors. The new champion in the playoffs have won 16 of 17 matches, equalling the record in the National Basketball Association.
"I never seen nothing like them two before", Durant said. "LeBron was the only person I've looked at that could look me eye to eye".
James has stood in the way of Golden State each of the last three seasons, CBS Sports reports.
"I'm gonna celebrate this one tonight", he said. To be back here, bring ol' Larry back home, I'm just excited to do something special.
Excitement was high for the contest. Plus, the Warriors went 4-of-4 from three in the second.
In the same tunnel where they celebrated a championship one year ago, Kyrie Irving waited for LeBron James to come off the court and the two Cleveland Cavaliers stars embraced. Those 11 points ended the game and pushed the Cavs into an 3-0 hole. The Cavaliers made 15 of 24 shots in the first quarter to seize a 37-33 lead, James and Irving each scoring 12 points in the period, as did Curry for Golden State. He knocked down a 17-foot fadeaway over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors pulled away.
They would build a double-digit lead and somehow LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would get Cleveland back within five or six.