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Warriors clinch National Basketball Association title to continue golden age

Pammachio Corsino | 14 Giugno, 2017, 04:31

The Golden State Warriors won their second championship in three years after defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on Monday night, solidifying their place as the greatest basketball team of all time.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Durant became the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 to record five straight 30-point games in the NBA Finals.

Golden State used a 28-4 second-quarter run to take charge - just after it appeared Durant should have been called for a third foul on a basket by James - and got to celebrate right at home in Oakland surrounded by a deafening home crowd waving yellow rally towels and holding up phones to shoot video and photos as the final minute of the clock ticked away.

"I left everything on the floor every game", James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback previous year.

"Pretty much all of their big-name guys are in their 20s", the Cavs' James said, "and they don't show any signs of slowing down".

"I'm just happy for him".

Said Stephen Curry of his teammate: "The way that he embraced the opportunity in The Finals, it was unbelievable".

Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers let out a collective sigh of sadness when the team fell 120-129 against the Golden State Warriors on Monday evening (June 12).

LeBron James is still the most established player in the league, but he does not possess Durant's shooting touch. Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was, but until you break through and win that first championship, there's always still something there. "I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team. So I've also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I've grown so much and I'm proud of myself in that area as well, but I've got a long ways to go".

Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry - the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star got acclimated - finished off a brilliant post-season. Green was 3-of-10 for 10 points and had 12 rebounds in the deciding game. In fact, just seven teams have produced an offensive rating over 110 with an effective field goal percentage in excess of 53 percent in the NBA Finals.

Completing a ideal 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series.

James, to his enormous credit, has again been sensational in the Finals, averaging a triple-double on limited rest and encapsulating why many have LeBron in the same realm as Michael Jordan.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points while JR Smith had 25.

When the game became two-on-two, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue observed, his team had little chance. "That's all you can ask". "I thought they gave everything they had, and we fought, we competed, and we never gave in, but they beat us".


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