Golden State Pushes Past Cleveland, Wins NBA Championship

Golden State Warriors players coaches and owners hold up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors players coaches and owners hold up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 16-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors while LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for a block in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Though those two were the focal point of their offense, one can not exclude the vast contributions of Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green with the latter scoring 10 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists.

Curry embraced Durant's arrival after the Warriors dropped last year's finals to Cleveland in seven games, an unselfish attitude that reflected Durant's desires and created an inside-outside pairing that was almost unstoppable.

"Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well".

Iguodala chipped in with 20 points off the bench and Draymond Green had a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Warriors, who topped 100 points for the 17th straight time in the playoffs.

In the early going, Green said Curry "definitely took a back seat" in an effort to allow Durant to flourish. Curry, who had to take a backseat to accommodate Durant as the team's new alpha dog, praised his new teammate for embracing the Finals stage.

"They assembled a great team", LeBron James told reporters following the Game 5 loss.

Cleveland star LeBron James, who won his first title in 2012 by beating Durant's Thunder in the finals, sees how the journey has made Durant into a champion over the past five years.

The Warriors got it done in five games but this Finals felt much closer than that. After capturing the 2017 National Basketball Association championship on Monday, odds makers in Las Vegas gave them a historic price as a preseason favourite to once again hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy in a year's time.

"We're obviously just getting started, this is something that we want to continue to do", Curry said.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr put it another way to ESPN last week, confiding he was never too concerned about Durant's assimilation because he's not a ball-centric superstar.

As a fresh National Basketball Association champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Warriors assistant and former Cavs coach Mike Brown filled in during his absence.

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

That's huge because if you recall previous year, the Warriors had to renounce the cap holds of their entire team to create enough cap space to sign Durant. I put in work, I just had to trust in it. And in these Finals they didn't play mad until the siege of their kingdom was well underway.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points while JR Smith had 25. We might soon forget which Warriors championship was which, that it was once possible for a different team to celebrate. "I thought they gave everything they had, and we fought, we competed, and we never gave in, but they beat us". And that's all you can ask.

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