Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors to NBA title

Golden State fought off a charge from defending champions the Cavaliers on Monday to earn their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons with a 129-120 game-five victory.

In a tightly called Game 5 of the NBA Finals, it was a no-call involving Kevin Durant that helped the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He scored 38, 33, 31, 35 and 39 in the Finals. He capped one of the best outings of his career with a bang, catching a pass from LeBron James and drilling a long 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go - the last made basket of the 2016-17 National Basketball Association postseason.

After two comfortable home wins at Oracle Arena and a thriller in the Game 3 in Cleveland, the Warriors suffered its first loss of the post-season in Game 4 against a defiant title-holder on the ropes. In Game 5 after the Cavaliers succumbed to a superior Golden State team, James was a minus-13 next to his 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, meaning when he was on the court the Cavaliers were outscored by 13 points.

To anyone thinking about saying or writing that LeBron James's legacy is tarnished after losing the 2017 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, I say this: Don't. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers a year ago, the Warriors again this time.

"I broke down, so I couldn't really finish my speech", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said.

From here to eternity, we'll say we saw these Warriors go from worst to first.

Out of the timeout, the Warriors got a layup from Durant, but the Cavaliers answered that with a layup from Thompson and a pull-up three-pointer from James from the left wing, which gave Cleveland a 20-11 advantage.

"Yeah, I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work", Durant said.

LeBron James may be the best player on the planet but he doesn't play for the best team. "I'm confident we'll have him back". He finished the night with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting.

"To have teammates that encourage you, that lift you up, that's what we all need in life", he said. "They're built for - from my eyes, they're built to last a few years".

"We felt like Kevin could come in and help us and, like I said, make it all complete", Green said.

"Probably more than anybody will ever know but him", Myers said. But the two cable games - Games 2 and 3 - averaged a strong 7.8 local rating and Game 2 actually had a higher rating than Game 1 and Game 5 on NBC.

Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/874473529697325056 I feel like god put JR Smith on this earth to hit a 3 to cover the spread Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/874473263673393152 I can't stand JR Smith.

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.

James' dunk gave the Cavaliers all of the momentum.

The rest of the world will little note nor long remember Memphis 110, Golden State 89 on December 10, 2016, in the FedExForum, but my two sons and I will.

Durant was in tears as he did that interview with his mother Wanda just steps away beaming with the kind of pride only a mother can understand.

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