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Cavaliers season ends with Game 5 loss to Warriors

13 Juin 2017

Golden State have won their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons after claiming a 4-1 series victory over Cleveland.

James did all he could during the Finals but even with him averaging a triple-double the Cavaliers, who lost the best-of-seven series in five games, were no match for a Warriors team with an embarrassment of riches.

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, who at the end of last season left Oklahoma City for the Bay Area in free agency, scored 39 points in the game-five win to claim the Bill Russell Finals MVP award.

However, Andre Iguodala assisted a Durant dunk and added one of his own off a Curry feed, reopening a double-digit lead and making the final 7:42 an extended celebration among the Oracle Arena fans. "I'm just proud to be part of something special and I just want to do it again".

"When we were there previous year I think I looked at him and said: 'Let's just never do this again".

LeBron James may be the game's greatest player but the manner in which his Cleveland Cavaliers were dispatched in the NBA Finals on Monday may have signalled that his championship window has been slammed shut.

Led by LeBron James' 41 points, the Cavaliers hung within 108-102 with 8:29 to play on a 3-pointer by Kyle Korver.

"But we're champions and it's fantastic doing it on our home court". "You feel me?" Rapper E-40 said.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback previous year.

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It was the same story early in Game 5, when the Cavs took advantage of six first-quarter Warriors turnovers and led 37-33 after the first quarter.

Durant was almost flawless in Game 5, scoring 39 points on 14-20 shooting, with seven rebound and five assists.

Curry, who laced up a mostly white pair of the Under Armour Curry 4 on Monday, scored 34 points on 10-of-20 shooting. The series loss leaves James with a 3-4 record in NBA Finals appearances in his career so far.

Durant becomes just the third player since 1969 to win Finals MVP in their first season with a team.

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

Golden State responded with a 10-3 run, Durant scoring five as the Warriors stretched their margin back to 108-98. I thought we played well, got better each game, but against good teams you can't give away games like Game 3 at home and then expect to come here and win in a hostile environment. Kerr returned to full-time coaching for the Final's second game. "Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs of slowing down", said James.

It all added up to Golden State's second championship in three years. "I had a letdown a year ago", Warriors emotional leader Draymond Green said.

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.