Warriors top Cavs for title

After missing their shot at a 16-0 playoff record, the Warriors returned to Oracle Arena and finally secured the clinching victory they couldn't pull off after winning three games against the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's NBA Finals.

Durant - who swapped the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors in search of an elusive title - scored 39 points on 14 of 20 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists. "We were really good tonight", he said. "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 proud to be part of something special and I just want to do it again". "They beat us, but I'm pretty sure we'll be back and we'll be ready to battle again".

Paul George would fit the bill, as he helped IN put up the best showing against the Cleveland Cavaliers IN the playoffs leading up to the NBA Finals by averaging 28 points along with 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.8 steals.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", he said.

The reigning National Basketball Association coach of the year returned for Game 2 of the Finals after a six-week absence from the bench.

Johnson, a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980, averaged 21.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 2.7 steals in 42.7 minutes per game during that Finals.

The Warriors will roll through their schedule as long as they employ Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson together.

"I couldn't sleep for two days", said Durant.

Green had sat out Game 5 a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation after he swiped at James' groin in Game 4. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and J.R. Smith 25 in a losing cause.

With fans and pundits questioning the motivations behind his move last summer, Durant had simply said he came to an already star-studded Warriors lineup to win championships. "If KD was the consolation prize to lose, thanks for that loss, and we're champs this year".

But coach Steve Kerr, who only returned to the team in time for game two of the finals after a period of medical leave to deal with complications arising from back surgery, joked afterwards: "We have very little talent actually, it's mostly coaching!" Not only would the trade give Cleveland a much better chance of beating Golden State, it would allow IN to remain relevant without George, who is widely rumored to be leaving IN free agency at the end of next season. "We went through for lack of a better term, basketball hell, in that sense of just being so close to getting the job done and not realizing that goal and having to think about that for an entire year and compartmentalize and just try to keep the right perspective about this season and learn the lessons that we learned".

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