Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

Cleveland lost just one game in romping its way through the Eastern Conference and likely would have three straight rings if it weren't for the rising Warriors.

Warriors fans had to suffer through watching their team blow a 3-1 series lead past year. The Cavaliers went on to win three games in a row to secure the franchise's first title. The opportunity to lead true dynasties don't come along frequently for players; the chance of another opportunity being more enticing than the one the Warriors present may not really exist.

And then Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or Klay Thompson or Dramond Green or Andre Iguodala would hit a shot that, regardless of the degree of difficulty, looked easy.

"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant, who was named the Finals MVP, said during an on-court interview.

"Kevin's journey, our team embraced him", Myers said. As good as Durant is, this was Curry's team first. "To play with these guys is awesome".

Despite being on the losing side, James was one of the stars of the Finals, scoring 41 points in Monday's game.

Durant - who swapped the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors in search of an elusive title - scored 39 points on 14 of 20 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists.

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"We learned from everything we've been through", Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said during the trophy celebration. Also, do not forget to put two Advil on your nightstand-they may prove to be the real MVPs come the morning.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", LeBron said when it was over. But at the end of the day, from when I played him in the 2012 Finals to now, like I said, experience is the best teacher in life, and he's just experiencing and experiencing and experiencing. You've got to tip your hat to Cleveland. "This is something we want to continue to do". We'll work something out.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Five years ago, Durant was playing his first National Basketball Association finals, and he didn't manage to win the ring with Oklahoma.

The Cavaliers shot 53.4 percent from the field and 45.8 percent on 3-pointers, but were outrebounded 42-40 and outscored 23-15 at the free-throw line. In the other three quarters, Cleveland held a four-point advantage. The Cavaliers will, in all likelihood, be back in the Finals next season.

That all spells trouble for the rest of the league, who saw the Warriors capture a title in 2015, win a record-setting 73 games the next regular season before Durant moved to the Bay Area and the team became a juggernaut.


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