Riley Curry returns to steal the show after Warriors win National Basketball Association title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:16
The Cleveland Cavaliers' bid to defend their National Basketball Association championship ended in defeat Monday night, as the Golden State Warriors prevailed 129-120 to win the league championship series in five games.
Completing a flawless 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series.
Kevin Durant, who signed with Golden State last July after a major cap spike gave the Warriors unexpected cap room, won Finals MVP.
When it came time to reflect on the series, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue pointed to the final 2:13 of Game 3 as the difference.
Maybe Thompson or Curry would have hit those shots if Durant never came to Golden State; maybe the Warriors would have won the title without him; maybe Durant didn't actually alter National Basketball Association history in any meaningful way. "Rather than talking about how to break up or knock down a championship-caliber team, my focus should be on how we do a better job developing more great players in this league".
The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
"We did it together", said Durant, a first-time champion. He ended the series averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. "He's had an unbelievable career, but he just took it to the next level", coach Steve Kerr said. But as far as that team, they're going to be here for a while. Assuming Durant and Curry re-up, the Warriors are heavy favorites to repeat in 2018.
"They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there".
"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him. you can't stop the guy".
"Golden State (was) the best team this year", James said.
"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", he said.
After eight NBA Finals appearances, LeBron set the record for most triple doubles (9) in the Finals, surpassing Magic Johnson (8).