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Warriors beat Cavaliers to NBA title

Warriors beat Cavaliers to NBA title

The Golden State Warriors, coming off one of the dominate runs in National Basketball Association postseason history, are expected to hoist the trophy again and have been installed as heavy favorites to win the 2018 National Basketball Association title. There was more than a touch of pay-back Monday night. He seemed to understand he had not reached the end of a quest, but had rather only started one.

To win his first National Basketball Association title, Durant had to overcome Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose former Miami Heat team defeated Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals.

James had a spectacular series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists but it wasn't enough. The 9-0 burst was completed after Kevin Love picked up his second foul in a game the officials are calling a little tighter after the physical play in Game 4.

During a timeout from Golden State, James took umbrage with an official about the lack of a call on Durant, but the complaints went for naught, and the Warriors used that break in the action to settle themselves.

It's not as simple as "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant, who was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, said during an on-court interview. That's - how would you feel?

"It's just not my time", LeBron said.

The opening quarter of Game 5 was a continuation of Cleveland's offensive dominance from last Friday. "We came together and we continued to just believe in each other and we sacrificed, and we're champions".

"I'm just happy for him". But how can he compete with the Warriors?

"I have no reason to put my head down", LeBron said. "I don't know. I can't explain it".

"It's fueling me inside right now", he added.

"They're going to be here for a while". Pretty much all their guys are in their 20s. They led by as many as eight in the first quarter. The Warriors and Cavs simply towered over every other team this season.

For Game Five, the Cavaliers broke out their black "shirseys", the same uniforms they had worn here for their greatest triumph: Game Seven of last year's finals.

To win his first championship, Durant had to go through the game's greatest player in Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who he defended for most of the five games. He does not figure to stand pat. Among them: Magic Johnson, who contended that the Los Angeles Lakers of the Showtime era would have swept Golden State. "The whole league continues to get better every single year".

The Warriors finished the 2016-17 season with 67 wins, securing their place on top of the Western Conference table. However, Paul will likely re-up with the Clippers and cash in with the new "supermax" contract, since he pushed for it in the most recent labor agreement. The Durant-Curry partnership was uneven to start the season, even as the Warriors raced out to a 27-4 record. He owns a production company and has loudly outlined his Hollywood ambitions.

"It feels unbelievable to win a championship with these guys", Durant said. They're still championship caliber, but a step or two behind a glittering Golden State team that went 81-18 in Durant's first season and built for the long haul.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been saying they're a better team when their backs are against the wall. "We were really good tonight", he said. But notice that he was on the floor whenever it counted; Kerr and his teammates have that much faith in him.

LeBron James played like an NBA Finals MVP. Kevin Love had a bad night with only 6 points.

"Getting that first championship for me was like having my first son", James said.

The Warriors certainly have one, and a strong chance to maintain it. The only unknown was if the team chemistry would be disrupted with Durant's addition.

But Jordan never played against a team like this. The singular talents of Curry, Green and Thompson fit together without diminishing one another. "It makes the whole picture something that's lovely". "We need you. Make it happen". It was just another example of why he's the best player on the planet. We can take it to another level, and that's what we're trying to do.

That is what stands in James's path. In order to win another title, James must prevent the Warriors from becoming one. Each of those players are still in their 20's and could still improve as players yet too.


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