Golden State Are 2017 NBA Champs, Rout Cavaliers 4-1

Now Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the Warriors have found the range.

But there's only one time in NBA history has the NBA Finals MVP award gone to a player from the losing squad - Jerry West claimed the award in the 1968-69 season, when his Lakers fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games.

On Monday night, James led all scorers with 41 points - going 19-for-30 from the floor, leading both teams with 13 boards to go with eight assists, a pair of steals and a block. He proved that in Game 5. I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me. "It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed". The totals weren't impressively high, but the way Kyrie Irving and LeBron James played in those wins, they didn't have to be.

James has hit 5 of 6 shots in a torrid start for Cleveland. 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.

In last year's NBA Finals, the Warriors took a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5, the same as it had this year, but Curry's team didn't manage to wrap up the series.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers have already staved off elimination once with a victory in Cleveland in Game 4.

It all added up to Golden State's second championship in three years.

The thing is while his critics point to him leaving the Thunder for the team that knocked him out last season, Durant was eliminated by someone every year for nine years. Durant wants his first championship.

Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at.941.

They better be after their Game 4 flop in Cleveland.

Golden State plays under a set of offensive-friendly rules, and critics said they wouldn't have stood up to the rugged play of the past. "Every single day demanding more out of himself, demanding more out of us, the true testament of a consummate professional". I hope we're a little more nervous.

"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration. "Nervous is good. Appropriate fear is the Gregg Popovich line".

They're plotting how on earth they can beat a team that's got all the ingredients for a dynasty. Steve Kerr became the fourth coach ever to win multiple titles in his first three seasons with a team, joining John Kundla, Bill Russell and Phil Jackson.

"Appropriate fear", a stone-faced Lue said.

The Golden State Warriors earned their second National Basketball Association title in three years with a 129 to 120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Monday night, led by All-Star forward Kevin Durant's 39 points and strong bench scoring.

Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.

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