Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history, avenging the loss to Cleveland after blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago.

Iguodala, victor of Finals MVP in 2015 for his efforts in keeping LeBron James in check, again rose to the occasion when it counted and was extremely impressive on both ends of the court in the decisive game five, showing a spring in his step belying that of a 33-year-old as he racked up 20 of the Warriors' 129 points. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the presentation of the Larry O'Brien Trophy. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families". I'm just excited to do something special.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, from left, guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant celebrate after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games.

"Our world revolves around championships", Durant told Sports Illustrated in May of a year ago.

And if he and the rest of the Warriors have their way, for years to come. I recognize the transitive property of the National Basketball Association doesn't hold (else the #TNTBulls would be popping champagne last night), but this Bulls team was so much worse than the Celtics (ok, a bit more like even with contract-Rondo), who were so much worse than the Cavaliers, who were so much worse than the Warriors, I mean: we know whatever the Bulls plans are this season they're ultimately pointless due to the bind that their continued incompetence has placed them, but it looks even more daunting when trying to step back and look at the big picture.

Durant was named finals MVP after scoring over 30 points in each of the five games - he averaged 35.2 per game across the series. Cavaliers SF LeBron James played in his 217th career postseason game, moving past C Shaquille O'Neal for seventh place on the all-time list.

"I don't know", James said when asked to try to put his performance in context.

"Getting that first championship was for me like having my first son".

Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers previous year, the Warriors again this time.

It starts with their 3-point shooting, which has evolved into the NBA's second-most efficient shot behind the dunk.

Durant, in accepting the Final's MVP Award, agreed. He finished with averages of 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in the five-game series. The final sequence said it all, as Curry lost his dribble while driving on one end and J.R. Smith buried a left-wing three in transition on the other. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the clincher.

Durant shot 14 of 20 overall and 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, hitting three of his threes during the critical second-quarter run that lasted more than seven minutes and turned a 41-33 deficit into a 61-45 advantage.

Cleveland's two stars embraced, and as they headed toward the locker room and Queen's "We Are the Champions" played inside thundering Oakland's Oracle Arena, James delivered a message to his teammate and the world. I wanted to conform to the culture they built here.

One more note from the Finals: Jefferson was the leading scorer among the four former Jazz players, although he couldn't repeat his title-winning effort with the Cavaliers. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year returned for Game 2 of the Finals following a six-week absence from the bench. On the other, nothing can happen as Golden State has a firm grip on title contention and the Bulls are so far away from relevance.

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