Warriors Get Their Revenge, Defeat Cavaliers to Win 2017 NBA Finals

NBA Finals Kevin Durant

NBA Finals Kevin Durant

One of the main problems the Cleveland Cavaliers have had during the first four games of the NBA Finals is the struggle in attempting to defend Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

The Cavaliers set NBA Finals record for most points in a quarter, most points in a half and most 3-pointers as a team in a Finals game in the Game 4 win.

Golden State got there a little differently this time around, opening up a 3-0 lead. Last summer, Durant, who made a decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, elected to join forces with another superstar in Stephen Curry as well as Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to make Golden State a super team, and the group was close to unstoppable in the regular season and postseason.

They won game five 129-120 at home in Oakland on Tuesday (NZ time) to complete a dominant 4-1 final series victory over LeBron James' Cavs. He has a championship. The Warriors won the first two games of the series by more than 15 points before winning a close Game 3 in Cleveland 118-113. The Warriors won the title in 2015 in six games, while the Cavaliers dramatically won in 2016 in seven, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to win a series trailing 3-1. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and J.R. Smith chipped in with 25.

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Cleveland has now lost two of the three showdowns in this Finals trilogy.

"So I would hope we're more ready, more prepared tonight".

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists.

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Immediately after Cleveland won the franchise's first title past year, Jefferson announced his retirement, a decision he changed just a few weeks later. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. Play was stopped at the 3:08 mark after a tussle and technical foul on members of both teams.

A win would allow the Warriors to celebrate on their home floor after clinching the 2015 title in Cleveland.

With a much-improved bench led by Iguodala, JaVale McGee, Shaun Livingston and West, that "Strength In Numbers" slogan that has become such a staple the past two seasons shined all season long, from Durant's 19-game absence late in the regular season with a left knee injury to assistant coach Mike Brown stepping in for 11 postseason games to lead the way while Steve Kerr was ailing.

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During his time at Virginia, Smith batted at.325 and had 28 career home runs, with 178 RBIs, the second most in school history. He chose to pass on the initial opportunity to go pro in order to play baseball while furthering his education.

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