The Warriors might be too good for the game's good: Arthur

"From when I played against him in 2012 to now... experience is the best teacher in life, and it also helps when you're able to experience things with this team". Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Outside expectations never tapered for the Warriors during this championship quest.

"This is history. We're going down as one of the best teams ever, and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", reserve Andre Iguodala said. Prior to Game 5, the Warriors had only played the death lineup for 17 total minutes in the 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 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

Two titles in three years for Golden State. And if you watched the final, the Warriors did need Durant to win.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is underway, with the Warriors holding a 3-1 lead and hoping to close the series out Monday night at home. Despite intense scrutiny, he had one goal in mind - to go to the best place where he could finally earn a championship ring and avenge his embarrassing 2012 NBA Finals loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Asked before the game if his team would approach the game as if it had "nothing to lose", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue responded, "We do have something to lose: a championship". "Every single day demanding more out of himself, demanding more out of us, the true testament of a consummate professional", said Irving after the game. Abdul-Jabbar was the league's MVP and scoring champion, averaging 31.7 points. "Great game once again, unfortunately the last". Led the league with 121 points per game while outscoring opponents by 12.3 per night behind their potent backcourt of Goodrich and West, who each averaged almost 26 points to rank in the league's top six. Unless another team makes a big move in the offseason, with players like Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Paul George, and Gordon Hayward potentially on the market, it is likely we will see these "super teams" battling yet again. San Antonio losing Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the West final, while leading by 26 points, is a tiny asterisk.

In three seasons as head coach of the Warriors, Kerr has amassed a 207-39 record. "This is something that we want to continue to do, but for us to have these conversations that we had nearly a year ago and now being in this position, worth every shot we took in practice, fighting through injuries that he had this year, and it's an unbelievable feeling". With 4:13 left, as the Cavs kept coming, Durant saw Curry sneaking into the paint and found him with a pass from near the halfcourt line that led to his layup and put the Warriors up 14.

Golden State answered with a game-turning 27-4 run, slam dunks by Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green and three Durant 3-pointers spicing the spurt that produced a 60-45 Warriors lead. Green made a hard landing and left the game.

One problem: There's only so far the Cavaliers can go from here.

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