James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

Golden State Warriors players celebrate after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

The Golden State Warriors will attempt to finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena on Monday evening.

This year, however, there were no mistakes as the Warriors beat the Cavs 129-120 to win the series 4-1, only dropping one game throughout the entire playoffs.

LeBron James led all scorers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. "I would hope we're more ready, more prepared tonight". They do not want to consider the alternative - opening the door for another potential Game 7 in Oakland, this time on June 18 after Game 6 in Cleveland on June 15.

After getting his own back this time around, Durant said: "He averaged a triple-double - you just can't stop the guy - but we got him".

They would build a double-digit lead and somehow LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would get Cleveland back within five or six.

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. "And then all of a sudden you get slapped in the face". And when the Cavs defeated Golden State 137-116 last time out, it was because they were brutal and unapologetic for it.

The win spelled redemption for the Warriors, who brought forward Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason to bolster their already high-powered offense. Kevin Durant is a leader as well in the race for the NBA Finals' Most Valuable Player Award, as he posted huge numbers in the title bid of the Warriors.

The Warriors' lead actually reached 17 points later, but the saving grace for the Cavs was an 8-2 surge at the end of the half, spurred by two three-pointers by Smith, that cut their deficit to 71-60 and kept the game within reach.

The Warriors also did much of this without their head coach, Steve Kerr, on the sideline for an extended period of this postseason.

Irving and James turned back-to-back steals into impressive tone-setting layups as part of a 16-3 Cleveland run for an 20-12 edge, James hitting 4-of-5 for 10 points at the start.

"It's natural for you to look up and see the finish line right there, and you tend to focus on that instead of the task at hand", Green said. The Warriors won the series over the Cavaliers, 4-1.

"We battled. But we did it".

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