Golden State took home their second championship in three years last night as they topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win game five and capture a 4-1 NBA Finals victory.
This Warriors team, perhaps one of the greatest teams of all time, were favorites to take home the title after last year’s game seven loss to Cleveland. Signing Kevin Durant only helped their cause.
All the controversy aside, this team had the most dominant playoff performance of all time. They were 16-1 throughout these playoffs and their only loss came in game four of the Finals.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) June 13, 2017
Game five was one of the closest games this series has seen. It was back and forth the entire way. For the most part, however, the Golden State Warriors held the lead for the majority of the game.
LeBron James capped off a stellar Finals performance, netting 41 points on 13 rebounds and eight assists. James finished this series averaging 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists in this series, making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in the Finals. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and six assists.
The Cleveland supporting cast had their best performance of the Finals. Tristan Thompson finished with 15 points and eight rebounds while JR Smith was on fire from deep, knocking down seven threes and totaling 25 points. Perhaps where most fingers will point when it comes to this loss is Kevin Love, who finished with only six points and 10 rebounds.
The story of this series has not so much been the lack of play from Cleveland, but more so the Golden State Warriors out matching them.
Kevin Durant continued his historic NBA Finals performance by finishing with 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Steph Curry added 34 points while dishing out 10 assists. These two have played consistently throughout this series. The difference maker in this game, however, was veteran Andre Iguodala who finished with 20 points.
“If Kevin Durant was the consolation prize to lose, thanks for that loss,” Draymond Green said. “And we are champs this year.”
Congrats to Kevin Durant, MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals. Terrific last two minutes, KD.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 8, 2017
And rightfully so. Despite Kevin Durant making what some have called the weakest move in NBA history, it all worked out in the end. He got his title and did so with one of the best performances we have ever seen. He lived up to everything that was expected of him.
Was this a weak move? Yes. Did Durant leave Oklahoma City for a 72-win team that defeated him the year before? Yes. Durant backed it all up, however, which made this extremely controversial decision worth it.
I have a gut feeling that this is not the last time we will see these two teams square off in the NBA finals. Both teams should return next year with the same goal in mind: To take home an NBA title.
“We’ll be back,” LeBron James told Kyrie Irving while exiting Oracle Arena, “We’ll be back.”