Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 1:30
On Durant, who was named Finals MVP, he added: "It's kind of insane to think about the conversation we had this summer and going into the year about how we can both mesh and gel and do what we do and be the players that we are and to see it come to life in this series was unbelievable".
Curry shot 10 of 20, converted 12 of his 15 free throw attempts, found time for six rebounds and completed a double-double with a game-high 10 assists.
Curry embraced Durant's arrival after the Warriors dropped last year's finals to Cleveland in seven games, an unselfish attitude that reflected Durant's desires and created an inside-outside pairing that was almost unstoppable.
"I'm talking too much at this point", Durant said. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City.
Durant hadn't been back to the Finals since. The Warriors should retain the key elements of their core entering 2017-18.
On the other side of the ledger, James spent much of Game 5 as the only real threat for the Cavs, particularly with his wingman Kyrie Irving spending much of the night hobbled with back pain that seemed to make just running a chore.
Durant had 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the 129 to 120 championship-clinching victory over the Cavaliers.
"Last year we got beat by a better team".
The women's under-16 team just finished second at the FIBA Americas qualifier in Argentina, losing to the United States in the gold medal game but qualifying for next year's under-17 world championships nonetheless.
Whatever, the flipped switch at the beginning of the playoffs wasn't going to be enough for the Cavs to shine in a matchup with the spotlight absorbent Warriors and Kevin Durant.
But as I watched the final seconds run off the clock as the Warriors began to celebrate, I was left asking myself one question.
"I've been so lucky to be part of so many championship teams as a player and now as a coach, and it never gets old", Kerr said.
"There's no doubt in my mind that (Kerr) will return as the coach of this team", Myers told ESPN.
Draymond Green, whose suspension last year opened the door to a Clevland comeback from a 3-1 deficit to steal the title from Golden State had clearly not forgotten that feeling from a year ago.
This isn't to say the Cavaliers rolled over in the Finals - they put up a herculean effort, it just wasn't enough. For one season, you can feel free to call these Warriors the best to ever play the game.
The days of seeing a team win an National Basketball Association championship with a pair of All-Stars is over. There is already talk of the Spurs adding a point guard like Chris Paul or Derrick Rose in the offseason.
"I'm just happy for him". "That's all you can ask".