Durant and Curry sink LeBron's Cavs as Warriors reclaim National Basketball Association championship

Olive Rios
June 14, 2017

Last night the Warriors brought the NBA Championship trophy back home with a big win at home, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120. Jefferson and Kyle Korver were the only two reserves to score on Monday night - and they combined for just seven points compared to 35 by Golden State's second unit. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. While there was an inevitability about the Warriors' title this year, there was still just enough intrigue to make the series captivating.

As a raucous crowd cheered at Oracle Arena, Curry watched freshly crowned Finals MVP Durant capturing his first ring in his 10th National Basketball Association season.

Irving went 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter after starting the game 9-for-16. They led at the half by 11.

Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this Finals trilogy. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, .

But each time, the Warriors recovered - led by Durant's clutch shooting.

Monday night marked the Warriors' first championship win at home in the Bay Area in 43 years, something all the players recognized to be extremely special.

Following the victory Monday night, warriors' fans danced in the streets in downtown Oakland and wildly honked their horns in San Francisco. Last year, he battled injuries with the Thunder before losing to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

From a first-time world champion to veterans with a few titles under their belt, the entire Warriors family got to celebrate an emotional National Basketball Association championship victory on their home court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Rings do matter, but the Warriors knowing that they had to add a talent like Durant to take down No. 23 says it all. The team's four All-Stars shared the scoring wealth and played tough defense.

"It's a team sport and I wanted to achieve the highest honor, which is win a championship", Durant said, saying it was fulfillment of a childhood dream.

Draymond Green told reporters, "I told him earlier in the year, I said, 'It's cool that you're here, but we really don't need you for the regular season". I came in and tried to help my team.

The only real drama in the Warriors' path to a championship this season was Kerr's health. But in the end, James fell short.

I've been lucky in my career, this is seven: "five as a player and two as a coach", Kerr said. I'm going to enjoy this championship with my team. For those guys in the Hamptons recruiting Durant that day and all the others, they can't wait for more. "So there will be a lot of teams trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to match that". The Cavs proved that when they were healthy, they were the better team. "Doesn't get much better than that".

The NBA's new labor deal doesn't expire until 2023.

Several media outlets, including CNBC and the New York Daily News, reported that the Warriors plan to skip the visit per a unanimous team vote.

"I'm happy for him", Curry said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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