Sparked by 39 points from Kevin Durant and 34 from Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors won their fifth NBA title Monday, beating Cleveland 129-120 to capture the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons.
Golden State took the best-of-seven series 4-1, reclaiming the throne they lost to the Cavaliers a year ago. The Warriors completed a 16-1 playoff run, the best post-season win percentage in NBA history.
It was the first career NBA title for Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors amid expectations he and Golden State would fill trophy cases."I couldn't sleep for two days," Durant admitted. "I was anxious. I was jittery. I just wanted to put it all out there. "We battled. But we did it. We're champions. And we're celebrating on our home court." Durant, who was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. The Warriors also won titles in 1947 and 1956, when the team was based in Philadelphia, and took the crown in 1975 and 2015 after moving to the San Francisco Bay area, but had never clinched a title at home.
"These guys are so gifted and committed to each other and so unselfish," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "It's a combination of talent and an unselfish nature." LeBron James scored 41 points to lead the Cavaliers. He also had 13 rebounds and eight assists, giving him a triple-double average for the finals, an unprecedented feat. But James, in his seventh consecutive playoff series and eighth overall, fell to 3-5 in the championship round. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and J.R. Smith 25 in a losing cause. "Lebron and Kyrie, I've never seen nothing like them," Durant said. "LeBron was the only person I've looked at that could look me eye to eye." 'JUST WANT TO DO IT AGAIN'
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