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Golden State Warriors take NBA title

Golden State Warriors take NBA titleā€

User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Durant accepted the award from Bill Russell of whom the award is named after before the expected sellout crowd at Oracle Arena enjoying their first Finals clincher on the home court.

J.R. Smith hit another 3-pointer and LeBron James scored on a hard putback to help Cleveland cut a deficit that was 17 in the second quarter to eight, 86-77, with five minutes to play in the third quarter. "I was anxious, I was jittery".

Durant also had to navigate the stardom-sharing duties with Curry. I put in work, I just had to trust in it.

"What about Stephen Curry out there?" In the other three quarters, Cleveland held a four-point advantage.

The game-five victory over the Cavs capped an emotional journey for Durant, who spent nine years with the Thunder and was part of the side that blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals last year. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. The Warriors, too, were criticized for somehow becoming too good, for creating a parity problem-as if they should have passed on the chance to sign Durant out of concern for the good of the league.

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. The only unknown was if the team chemistry would be disrupted with Durant's addition.

Unlike Game 4, when the Cavs exploded for an NBA Finals record 86 points in the first half and led by 16, the Warriors were in control.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors fans are breakdancing in downtown Oakland and honking their horns in San Francisco to celebrate their team's latest National Basketball Association title. Now Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the Warriors have found the range. "Since I was 10 or 11-years-old, watching the finals as a kid and seeing how important it is to basketball", Durant said.

"From when I played against him in 2012 to now. experience is the best teacher in life, and it also helps when you're able to experience things with this team. I've been lucky in my career, this is seven: five as a player and two as a coach", Kerr said.

He missed only six shots in the clinching game of the 20 he took in the game. They ended with the highest winning percentage ever in the National Basketball Association postseason and won 15 consecutive games, the longest streak in the major North American sports. "And I did that from day one, and I just tried to stay with that". It's all about the group. "To play with these guys is unbelievable". He played the entire fourth quarter, scored seven of his 20 points (his most in the playoffs in nearly two years) and made all the right plays and decisions. Green had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Thompson had 11 points. "And you got to give those guys a lot of credit". But it could have been so much better for Cleveland. That stems from Steve Kerr, hired in 2014 and paired with Bob Myers to form the head coach-general manager combo most likely to go on a surfing trip together.

He had tears in his eyes as he hugged assistant coach Mike Brown, who filled in for him on more than one occasion.

The Cavaliers aren't going down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals without a fight.

There are positives to be taken from this series, sure, and there are scenarios in which this Cavs team led by LeBron could take down the Warriors, it's just the margin of error is slim to none, and those odds are unlikely to change over the next few seasons. "We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4", Kerr said on Monday.

"I never seen nothing like them two before", Durant said.

"We're obviously just getting started, this is something that we want to continue to do".

But James had no regrets after the loss. They will still be the overwhelming favorite to win the East, as LeBron looks for his eighth consecutive Finals appearance next season. It's a team that scored 113 points or more in four of their five Finals games, and won just once, which underlines Golden State's dominance more than it does any deficiency on Cleveland's roster.

"But as far as that team, they're going to be here for a while". A couple years before he hit the open market, Kevin Durant became intrigued with the team, the franchise, the Bay Area and the idea of playing for them all. He averaged a triple double during the NBA Finals.

Golden State plays under a set of offensive-friendly rules, and critics said they wouldn't have stood up to the rugged play of the past. "And that's all you can ask". That's what's tough about sports. "I'm in a grocery store [and] guy's like, 'Keep your cool.' I'm like, 'Jesus Christ, ' this must be bad".



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