NBA Championships: Golden State Warriors ride Durant to beat LeBron James' Cavaliers

After the Golden State Warriors knocked out the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals Monday night, James was asked if he believes the league benefits from superstar players joining forces to chase titles.

Following the game, Durant paid tribute to Cavaliers' LeBron James, who scored a game-high 41 points.

Led by Finals MVP Kevin Durant, Golden State outscored teams by 13.5 points per game during its historic postseason run that included sweeps of the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Spurs.

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

Last night, Wanda made yet another appearance as her son accepted an even more impressive MVP award, this one for the NBA Finals. "Love you, girl, but I got to do it", Durant told USA Today Sports.

Golden State Warriors in numbersWhat's next for LeBron James? And at the end of the day, nobody can-no matter what anybody says from now on in your career or whatever they say, they can never take away from you being a champion.

Three-point jump shots, points in the paint, and a tight defense gave them the lead going into the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers went on to win three games in a row to secure the franchise's first title.

"I'm just excited to do something special", Curry said during the presentation of the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy on Tuesday in Oakland, after his team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

For Durant, this is a vindication to his decision to sign with the Warriors squad last summer, a controversial move he was criticized for. Curry added 34 and Andre Iguodala was a force off the bench, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

Durant averaged 35.2 points over the five-game series against the Cavaliers.

NOTES: The Warriors'.941 winning percentage in the playoffs (16-1) bettered the previous mark of.938 established by the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 15-1.

Cleveland pulled within 108-102 on a Kyle Korver three-pointer, but again Durant had an answer with a dunk.

From right: Narsai Tailo, Ivan Sayad, Chris Chao and Preston Jeung of San Francisco cheer during the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The new champion in the playoffs have won 16 of 17 matches, equalling the record in the National Basketball Association.

  • Julie Sanders