Warriors Win 2017 NBA Championship

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

After suffering the greatest collapse in NBA Finals history, the Golden State Warriors got their revenge on the Cleveland Cavaliers, defeating them in five games (with a 129-120 victory in the final face-off) to win the 2017 NBA Finals.

Cleveland stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win last year's finals against Golden State after the Warriors knocked off the Cavaliers in the 2015 finals. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there". They committed four turnovers in five possessions that helped fuel a 16-3 Cleveland run, including 10 points by James, as the Cavaliers took a 20-12 lead.

"It's a team sport you know, and you want to achieve the highest honour in a team sport which is winning the championship and to do it with these guys is incredible and in front of these fans, man", Durant said after being awarded the MVP. "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's fantastic doing it on our home floor".

He proved all his critics wrong on Tuesday as he was declared the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after his team beat Cleveland Cavaliers in the fifth game to clinch the championship.

The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the series as they set a record for National Basketball Association playoff winning streaks with 15 straight victories.

It was a breathtaking performance by Durant and the Warriors, who took back the title they had won in 2015 over Cleveland, only to have it taken away from the Warriors a year ago.

LeBron James played like an NBA Finals MVP. Curry added 34 and Andre Iguodala was a force off the bench, scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

"I want to say a special "thank you" to (assistant) Mike Brown for keeping this ship sailing smoothly while I was out".

"I'm just so happy to be a part of it, man".

We're champions. And we're celebrating on our home court.

LeBron James scored 41 points and logged 13 rebounds in the game, but his team ultimately could not compete with the firepower of the Golden State Warriors.

"I left everything on the floor every game", James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals. The Warriors went more than six minutes in the first with Draymond Green at center - their best lineups - and were just +2.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there have been only seven times a player scored at least 40 points to win when facing elimination in the Finals and Irving and James have each done it twice the past two years.

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