- Warriors defeated Cavaliers by 129-120
- Warriors won the finals by 4-1
- This is their second title in 3 years
Golden State Warriors got their revenge over the Cleveland Cavaliers after losing the title to them last year in the finals to win 129-120 and clinch the title by 4-1 at The Oracle Arena. After the Golden State Warriors failed to finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s N.B.A. finals, blowing a 3-1 lead in the series, they knew they needed to get better if they wanted to go from a one-time title winner to a dynasty and that is what they are on way to becoming with their second title in three years.
The highly watched game 5 was a tightly contested affair which the Warriors edged by 9 points with some superb performances. With Drant hitting 39, Stephen Curry adding 34 points and Andre Iguodala coming off the bench to knock down 20 points, the Warriors simply had too much firepower for the Cavaliers who fell short in the end. Durant was again the difference between the Warriors and the Cavaliers in Game 5, shooting 14 from 20 from the field. LeBron James scored a massive 41 points for the away team, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Warriors running away to the title.
Golden State’s championship-clinching victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series since Michael Jordan’s last title in 1998.
Kevin Durant who had never won the title till now won his first championship and justified his shock decision to join the Warriors. LeBron James is still the best basketball player in the world, but Durant is a close second as he proved throughout the finals. Kevin Durant’s extraordinary run of scoring more than 30 points in all five games of the NBA Finals saw him crowned MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals. The fact that Stephen Curry averaged 26.8 points, 9.4 assists, and 8 rebounds a game in the series and didn’t receive any votes for M.V.P. says a lot about Durant’s performance. Durant’s point scoring flurry saw him make history as the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to score 30 points in the first five games of the NBA Finals. He scored 38, 33, 31, 35 and 39 in the Finals.
With Steph Curry and Kevin Durant played in the team, Warriors played an exquisite brand of basketball, tricking teams with their quick passing and countless 3 pointers. “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.”
Despite having nearly the entire roster eligible for free agency, the Warriors are expected to bring the entire core back next year and maintain their winning formula. It’s not a stretch to say the Warriors have the seeds for a dynasty, to go with a record-setting three-year regular season run (207-39 record). The future looks bright for the Warriors who look unbeatable at the moment.