The NBA season finally drew to a close last night when the Golden State Warriors finally got better of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals.
In the best of 7 finals, the Warriors from the state of California took an early 3-0 lead in the first three matches by winning them 113-91, 132-113, 118-113 respectively. The defending champions then fought back in the fourth tie to pull one back after a thumping 137-116 victory.
Many people anticipated something similar to last season would be repeated again in this year’s finals. Last year the Cavaliers produced one of the greatest comebacks ever when they came back from a 1-3 deficit to win 4-3 and clinch their first ever NBA Championship led by (one of the greatest of all time) LeBron James.
But it wasn’t to be for James and co. this year as the Warriors were in no mood to let their chances of triumph spill out from their hands again. Led by the iconic trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and new signing Kevin Durant, the warriors pipped Cleveland 129-120 in the 5th game to win the best of 7 series by a margin of 4-1. They had a phenomenal play-off run this season of 16-1.
This was the 2nd title for Golden State in 3 consecutive finals appearances and 5th overall. They are now tied 4th for most championship wins with the San Antonio Spurs and behind the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and Chicago Bulls (6).
Kevin Durant was the star of the finals for the Warriors. He became the first person since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to produce 5 consecutive 30+ performances in the NBA finals. His scores were 38, 33, 31, 35 and 39 in the 5 finals respectively. Unsurprisingly, the man who signed from Oklahoma City Thunder in July, was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award.
“I couldn’t sleep for two days,” Durant admitted. “I was anxious. I was jittery. I just wanted to put it all out there. We battled. But we did it. We’re champions. And we’re celebrating on our home court.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was all praise for his team after the match. “These guys are so gifted and committed to each other and so unselfish,” he said. “It’s a combination of talent and an unselfish nature.”
LeBron James unfortunately had to be on the losing side again, with his own Finals figures reading 3-5. He created history by becoming the first person to average a triple double in the finals. He finished the last game scoring a total of 41 points.