The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win title

The win spelled redemption for the Warriors, who brought forward Kevin Durant over from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason to bolster their already high-powered offense.

The Warriors, once again, showed their team depth with Andre Iguodala scoring 20 off the bench, including several emphatic dunks and three-point shots that seemed to rejuvenate the Warriors and their fans. The Warriors went on a 21-to-2 second-quarter run. "LeBron James sees himself as a victim".

On top of all that, James is also one of the most self-aware athletes of this generation and he likely understands what leaving Cleveland a second time could mean for his legacy.

It was a year ago, when the Warriors were up 3-1, that Green was suspended for a pivotal Game 5 that the Warriors ended up losing on their home floor at Oracle Arena, and it's a game Green will struggle to live down for the rest of his career. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened on Monday night.

Unable to defend their title despite the league's highest payroll, rampaging through the Eastern Conference playoffs and James' brilliance against the free-wheeling Warriors for five games, the Cavs are no longer the team to beat. LeBron James has 27 points, but has played 35 of the 36 minutes.

Golden State shot 14 free throws in the first quarter to Cleveland's seven.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is off to a much more deliberate start than Game 4's track meet. Led the league with 121 points per game while outscoring opponents by 12.3 per night behind their potent backcourt of Goodrich and West, who each averaged almost 26 points to rank in the league's top six. If you give all your effort and all the fight and all the heart you got, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win, and that's what's tough about sports. But Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant have each picked up two fouls. Either way, the future of James in Cleveland will once again hang over the game's greatest player. "I can feel it. there are a few things you can take away from the series, but the only way to go is to grow from here". Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games.

Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted National Basketball Association championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get. Hopefully they do. To end up being cut/traded from the championship team two years in a row has to hurt. Golden State lost in record-setting fashion 137-116 on Friday. "It's just making the most of the opportunity that was in front of us". "And when Steph turned that corner, I think it was after Christmas Day, when he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable".

"The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable", Curry said. "Nervous is good. Appropriate fear is the Gregg Popovich line. I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short". "We were really good tonight".

Throughout the playoffs coach Steve Kerr encouraged his team to enjoy the ride, to "play with joy".

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

The Golden State Warriors handed the Cleveland Cavaliers another NBA Finals defeat Monday night.

One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Would the Cavs have done better previous year?

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