Warriors beat Cavs 129-120 to win NBA title

Golden State completed an unprecedented 16-1 run through the National Basketball Association playoffs, registering the second-best average point differential (plus-13.5) in league history.

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the finals series 4-1. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and J.R. Smith chipped in with 25. The Warriors ended the game on an 11-0 run.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr credited Thompson with making a "big impact" in Cleveland's victory, but expects Golden State center Zaza Pachulia to be much better in Game 5.

It was the first time in NBA Finals history that one team opened with consecutive wins by 19 or more points.

James will play in his 217th playoff game tonight, passing Shaquille O'Neal for seventh in league history. Ultimately, they lacked the firepower to combat Golden State's attack.

They never recovered, despite Green playing at an incredible level in Game 7.

"I think he was a little nervous at the beginning, because it was such a change for him", Wanda Durant said. "Live in the moment".

Final score prediction: Warriors 119, Cavs 113.

Congratulations to Lebron James for becoming the King of Triple Doubles for the NBA Finals with 9 and breaking my record.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 35 points. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the clincher. Do you have these guys just where you want them?

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998
But Love can't take over games the way the others can, and Irving hasn't really gotten going yet because of Thompson's defense. SMITH (Cavaliers): The Cleveland guard has played poorly (three points in 42 total minutes) so far in the finals .

One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Durant capped his first season with the Warriors in triumphant fashion with another big shooting night that helped Golden State avoid a repeat of last year's Finals collapse when Cleveland rallied from 3-1 down to win the title. "They kept us up all night", Durant said.

Q: Kind of looks like deja vu all over again, you guys going back west down 3-1. Whereas the first two games at Oracle were not at all close, in game 3, the Cavs put up an powerful performance that fell just short.

As Curry said after the win, "We accomplished something special".

James: No, they got us where they want us.

"The team that settled in the quickest was going to be successful the quickest as well", Irving said. It started with 6:18 left in the quarter when Green appeared to pick up his second technical. In the scrum, Pachulia appeared to kick Iman Shumpert - who was standing over him - once and punch him twice. The Cavs led 115-96. Cleveland, and in particular James, adjusted to many things throughout the series, but having to react to the Warriors isn't a great position to be in.

Mission accomplished - and he has been named NBA Finals MVP.

Durant, a former MVP and future hall of famer, gets his first title in his 10 season as the newest addition to the Warriors roster. With the Cavs all floating his way, Durant fired a crosscourt pass to Iguodala for a three-pointer that pushed the lead to eight.

Though the Cavaliers led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter, Golden State soon reasserted their dominance by winning the second 38-23 to lead 71-60 at half-time. But Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant have each picked up two fouls. The Cavs took 22 free throws in the quarter but only made 14.

And they will get a ring for it.


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