Golden State Warriors win NBA Finals for 2nd time in 3 years

Golden State locked up its fifth championship in franchise history with a 129-120 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

As the Golden State Warriors sat in their locker room a year ago, digesting the final loss of the worst collapse in National Basketball Association history, Andre Iguodala stood and said he wanted to address the group.

It was the first career National Basketball Association title for Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors amid expectations he and Golden State would fill trophy cases.

LeBron James fell two assists shy of his second consecutive triple-double, contributing team highs of 41 points and 13 boards for the Cavaliers.

This time, King James gave way to KD.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback a year ago.

The Golden State Warriors know Steve Kerr will coach next season.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers have already staved off elimination once with a victory in Cleveland in Game 4. But when we lost, we were like, we'd rather win it on our home floor anyways so let's go handle this business.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and J.R. Smith 25 for the Cavaliers, who, like the Warriors, were competing in their third straight Finals. Cleveland's Big Three was not in full force with Kevin Love held to six points.

James hit a layup to open the fourth quarter and pull Cleveland within 98-95, as close as the Cavs had been in the second half after trailing by 17 in the second quarter. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Cleveland's Tristan Thompson entered the fray.

But during the 2017 Finals reports circulated saying James could head to California to join the Lakers or Clippers as a free agent in 2018.

"There's a respect for the institution, for the office; there's a respect for our government that I think you have to take into account, regardless of people's opinions of the person sitting in that chair", Kerr said.

The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A's finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.

Still on the court, he and Curry looked into each other's eyes, did a little shake then slapped hands several times.

  • Leroy Wright