After blowing a 3-1 lead in last season’s NBA Finals the Golden State Warriors made sure not to let that happen again. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 Monday to clinch the NBA Finals four games to one.
KD Finally Gets A Ring
— NBA (@NBA) June 13, 2017
The Warriors were led in points by Golden State’s newcomer, forward Kevin Durant. Durant had a monster game, scoring 39 points while adding seven rebounds and five assists. He was also 14-of 20 shooting. Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP after scoring over 30 points in each game of the series.
This was Durant’s first NBA championship, as well as his first NBA Final appearance since 2012. Durant joined the Warriors this season after playing inklahoma City for eight years.
The Warriors have faced lots of criticism for being a put together “Super Team” but Durant says their teamwork and hard work is what crowned them champions.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry also helped lead the team. He added 34 points, six rebounds, and 10 assists.
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— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 13, 2017
The “Super Team” wasn’t just Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Durant. The Golden State bench really contributed, scoring 35 points. Small forward Andre Iguodala added 20 points off the bench for the Dubs.
Cavs Come Up Short
This was the third year of a Cavs-Warriors match up. Cleveland was led by Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. James, who played magnificently in the series, scored 41 points while Irving added 26 points. James also had 13 rebounds and eight assists, but it was not enough to stop Golden State’s dominance.
“Not one time did I feel we were overmatched. we left everything on the floor, but it wasn’t enough. They went out and got one of the best players the league has ever seen, they did a great job on doing their recruiting over the summer time and obviously it paid dividends,” James said.
During the first quarter it looked like the Cavs were going to stretch out the series like they did last year. At the end of the first quarter the Warriors only led 37-33, but at the second quarter the Dubs utilized their home court advantage and led 71-60 at the half.
In the third quarter Cleveland outscored Golden State but still trailed by five points at the end of the quarter. However, the Warriors didn’t let Cleveland get too close, as they outscored them by four points in the fourth quarter, resulting in the final score of 129-120.