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Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title

Durant, who lost in his only previous Finals appearance, led the way for the Warriors with 39 points and was relieved after feeling pressure to deliver prior to the game.

Fouled on his drive to the hoop, James made it a three-point play with a free throw, which tied the score at 9-9, but it would not remain that way for long.

This marked the first time that the same two teams met in the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year, with the Warriors owning a 2-1 edge in the trilogy.

Kevin Durant's love and respect for his mother Wanda is well known.

"To be back here and bring gold Larry [O'Brien] back home, I'm just excited to be a part of this group and accomplish something special". I really can't say enough about the high quality of basketball both teams played throughout most of the final series, but the Warrior's fantastic deep shooting makes them perhaps the most frightening collection of basketball talent to be assembled in my memory.

"I ain't got nothing left to say", he said, flashing his trophy. As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, this is their second finals defeat in the last three years, 2016 was the year they broke the curse and won their first National Basketball Association title.

"Not one time did I feel like we were overmatched until probably like I looked up, there was like a minute and 20 (seconds), and we were down 13, I believe, or something at that point", James said, "and I was like, OK, we left everything on the floor, and it still wasn't enough".

James seemed to be at peace with the fate of this Cavs team since their narrow Game 3 loss to the Warriors last week, which put them in an unrecoverable 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven series.

In the fourth quarter, with the Cavaliers still lingering after all of the swings the Warriors took at them, Curry and Durant resumed going to the hoop to get a 12-point lead that they protected until the end this time. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.

"Steph definitely took a back seat to the start the season until he realized we didn't need him to take a back seat", Draymond Green said. His final numbers were awesome, posting an average of 33.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, and 10.0 APG. But thank you for the most epic backdoor cover I can ever remember! "Every single day demanding more out of himself, demanding more out of us, the true testament of a consummate professional", said Irving after the game.

Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at.941.

This is obviously all speculation, but there's one accomplishment others can't take away from the Warriors.

"Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was but until you break through and win that first championship there's still something there".



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