Golden State Are 2017 NBA Champs, Rout Cavaliers 4-1
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:49
Defeat in game four was Golden State's only loss of the play-off campaign as they strolled to the title with a 16-1 post-season win-loss record.
Durant - drafted as second-overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 - was an easy choice for the Finals MVP. "This was the culmination of a year where (Durant and Curry) grew together and learned each other's games and got better and better all year".
Following the game, Durant paid tribute to Cavaliers' LeBron James, who scored a game-high 41 points. After the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the first two games in Oakland [sort of expected] then surprisingly lost at home in Game 3 in a close game, every National Basketball Association fan expected a sweep, even the die-hard Cavaliers fans. But as the Warriors got settled and started to remember who they are and how they won - defense and ball movement - Durant settled into a rhythm, draining threes, finding the open teammate.
"I couldn't sleep for two days". "I was jittery. I just wanted to lay it all out there". And 'Bron's been in this league for a while now, and he's seen every which way from on the court, to off the court, to dealing with some of you guys, to dealing with the whole world of just choosing a side.
Was it his fault that his supporting cast - aside from Kyrie Irving - wasn't as consistent as it could have been?
"Obviously, there's a lot of hoopla and fanfare that follows you wherever you go, but I know where my talent comes from", he said in an interview with Decision. Curry had 34 in the clincher. "Obviously we had a letdown previous year".
"It was 55 seconds left", he noted, "and I bent down, and I'm like, 'Is this really happening?' And Draymond (Green) was like, 'Keep playing to the end.' Andre is like, 'Keep playing.' We have like 50 seconds left". James ranks third in all-time finals scoring with 1,247 points, trailing only Jerry West with 1,679 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, just 70 points ahead of James. Coming into the game, the Cavaliers had seized the momentum by finally winning in Game 4 at home.
Iguodala guarded everyone from Richard Jefferson to Kyrie Irving to LeBron James.
James hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and the Cavs didn't go away, cutting a 17-point deficit to three in the opening minute of the fourth quarter with help from Smith's 25 points. We were able to get them a year ago, they went on and got one of the best players this league has ever seen.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the half was the fact that Kevin Love did not score at all. "We're going down as one of the best teams ever, and that's a special thing you can not take away from us". He finished the night with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting. Green had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Thompson had 11 points.