Golden State reclaims title with a most Warrior-like run

Golden State reclaims title with a most Warrior-like run

LeBron James' 3-5 Finals record with three Finals MVPs holds up more than fine, and if anything, his performance in his past two Finals losses - against Golden State in 2015 and 2017 - adds to his legacy.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback a year ago.

Following the Golden State Warriors' 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals that clinched their second title in three years, the headlines were all centered on Kevin Durant and how he claimed the Finals MVP.

Not only is Durant now an NBA champion, but after churning out 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists on upwards of 55 percent shooting from the field against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Durant also adds NBA Finals MVP hardware to his lofty collection.

Along with Draymond Green, the defensive beast, and Klay Thompson, the three-point sharpshooter, the Warriors were ultimately robbed in the Finals, losing to Cleveland in seven games.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", he said. "I have been living right, man, just the people I have been around, the teammates I had as a player, and now the group that I coach". But it's not as if the Cavs can go out and get Russell Westbrook, Durant's old running mate in Oklahoma City.

Durant's incredible efforts in topping 30 points in every game of the Finals enabled the Warriors to avenge a heart-breaking game seven loss to the Cavs at the same stage previous year but, when the rest of the league looks at Golden State with envy, they should not study their star free-agent acquisition, but the way in which they have drafted and found affordable gems on the open market.

"I've been so lucky to be part of so many championship teams as a player and now as a coach, and it never gets old", Kerr said. "I can feel it... there are a few things you can take away from the series, but the only way to go is to grow from here". I'm happy for him.

Oakland and the Bay Area celebrated the championship with backyard firework displays and impromptu street parties around the region.

Curry is going to get paid this offseason, but while his new deal with the Warriors is inevitable, it will likely to be the last domino to fall this July.

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.

"Golden state" in the fifth game of the NBA Finals beat "Cleveland" and regained its status as the strongest team in the world. For those guys in the Hamptons recruiting Durant that day and all the others, they can't wait for more. We always say, yeah, but they didn't play against each other.

But if Durant signs the non-Bird extension, the Warriors can operate as an above-the-cap team and use their Bird rights on both Iguodala and Livingston to re-sign them.

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