Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to bag their fifth National Basketball Association crown

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

From about the 10-minute mark in the second quarter up to halftime, Golden State went on a plus-20 run.

What made them great: With a dominant inside-outside combination of O'Neal and Bryant, the Lakers stormed to their second of three straight titles, sweeping three 50-win teams along the way in the Western Conference playoffs.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is underway, with the Warriors holding a 3-1 lead and hoping to close the series out Monday night at home.

Things were looking more than a bit tense and troubling for the Warriors early on Monday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers surged out to a 41-33 lead in the second quarter.

But a Durant dunk about four minutes into the second sent the sold-out hometown crowd into a frenzy. They were led by Andre Iguodala who had 20 points.

Barring a major shakeup to James' supporting cast or a move to another team, the three-times National Basketball Association champion may never find a way to solve a Golden State Warriors squad that just dominated the playoffs like no team ever before.

But each time, the Warriors recovered - led by Durant's clutch shooting. But the 33-year-old swingman, whose health was seriously questioned coming into the Finals, was more than up to the task.

Capturing a second title in three seasons in historic fashion has put the Golden State Warriors among some of the NBA's greatest championship squads, overcoming a heartbreaking setback to become even better. In addition to the starters, Golden State's bench players were outstanding.

Regardless, the decision by one of the game's greatest players shook the National Basketball Association landscape and created a super team that became overnight villains given their sheer depth of top talent. The team's four All-Stars shared the scoring wealth and played tough defense. They play the handsome game with an amalgam of incendiary skills and unselfishness.

Durant accepted that he was jittery before the final match.

"We're going down as one of the best teams ever and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala said.

It was also a tightly-called game, as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Love landed two fouls a piece and hit the bench accordingly. "We came together and we continued to just believe in each other and we sacrificed, and we're champions". "I'm just proud to be part of something special and I just want to do it again".

The only real drama in the Warriors' path to a championship this season was Kerr's health.

Head coach: Steve Kerr.

Cavs' superstar James had another great season and playoff run.

The points for the Cavs did not seem to come as easy as they did for the Warriors in the fourth. But in the end, James fell short. Both teams have fantastic offenses that went off at times, but the road to stops for the Warriors was always much closer than for the Cavaliers.

"LeBron and Kyrie I've never seen nothing like them two before".

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