The Larry O’Brien trophy is back in Oakland.
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to secure their second NBA Championship in three years. It was Kevin Durant leading the way with 39 points, seven rebounds. and five assists to close out the series. Durant would take Finals MVP honors.
Cleveland started the game strong and finished the first quarter with a 37-33 lead. It wasn’t long before the Warriors would push their lead to 17 points in the second quarter. The Cavaliers would close the gap to an 11-point deficit by halftime.
LeBron James lead the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. James would help Cleveland pull within three points in the fourth quarter but not so fast as the Warriors made another run to secure their title.
James becomes the first player to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry finished with 34 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Despite the Cavaliers shooting 53-percent the Warriors weathered the storm with Durant leading and assistance from Andre Iguodala who scored 20 points off the bench.
Durant was joined by his mother after the closing seconds of Game 5 and shared an emotional moment for the one-time MVP.
“We did it,” Durant said, when asked if he had any words for his mother, who was close by
LeBron James is now 3-5 in the NBA Finals.