Warriors Clinch NBA Title in Oakland

It was first home series win in Bay Area since 1974
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2017 12:21 AM CDT
Durant, Curry Lead Warriors to NBA Title
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with fans after Game 5 in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.   (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – MVP Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Golden State Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast and furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night. Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago, the AP reports. James wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. "I left everything on the floor every game," James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals.

The Warriors' Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co. last July. The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition. With the victory in Oakland, the Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A's finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series. (Read more Golden State Warriors stories.)

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