Golden State Warriors win 2017 NBA Championship, beat Cavs 129-120

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2017

The Golden State Warriors earned their second National Basketball Association title in three years with a 129 to 120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Monday night, led by All-Star forward Kevin Durant's 39 points and strong bench scoring.

Durant led all scorers with 39 points, Steph Curry added 34 points, and 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala had 20 points off the bench. Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP.

Lebron James played magnificent for the Cavaliers and finished leading all scorers with 41 points.

The victory capped a spectacular playoffs run for Thompson and the Warriors, who lost just one game - going 16-1 - in the entire post season to win their second crown in three seasons - both championships coming at the expense of Cleveland.

There will be plenty of discussion about how the Cavaliers can add to their roster to try to compete with the Warriors going forward.

With Kevin Durant fully melded to last year's 73-win regular season juggernaut, the Warriors are simply too good.

Durant had two driving layups in the first quarter and Curry had a couple himself.

For James, already a three-times champion, the loss puts him in rare - but not ideal - company as only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals. It was Stephen Curry leaning back for a jumper, getting fouled, then lying on the floor like a starfish as his teammate beat his chest in celebration.

LeBron James was playing in his seventh straight NBA Finals.

"Well I'm not happy he won his first, I'm not happy at all", James said.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal. And in doing so, thrust aside in LeBron James a star who may be the greatest player of all time but who nevertheless has found his match, not in a better player but in an unbeatable team.

"We came up against a worthy opponent, we weren't able to get over the hump and get it done but there's no such thing as a failed season when you work as hard as we did". "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now", Curry said.

The Golden State Warriors have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the 2017 NBA Champions.

"If Kevin Durant was the consolation for (last year's) loss, thanks for the loss", Draymond Green said. Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players got technical fouls.

But he offered a glimpse of what more he could offer by averaging more than 30 points per game during a 4-1 series win over the Cavaliers in the Finals.

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