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Curry, Durant look to keep Warriors rolling

15 Juin 2017

Warriors team-mate Steph Curry put up 34 points and 10 assists as Golden State won their fifth title.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. The 7-foot (2.13 m) small forward and 2017 Finals MVP has said that after his controversial decision leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Warriors last offseason, he is not eager to move again. Although KD still has a lot of catching up to do in terms of championships won and other individual accolades, there's no doubt that this captivating saga between he and James has just begun, and that he's very much up to the task of making their rivalry the best that the National Basketball Association has ever seen for many more years to come.

The Cavaliers will be searching for answers in the off-season after being dethroned, the Warriors avenging last year's loss when they squandered a 3-1 finals lead.

Golden State plays under a set of offensive-friendly rules, and critics said they wouldn't have stood up to the rugged play of the past. They finished one victory short of the NBA's first ideal postseason, but bounced back from their Game 4 loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals with another high-scoring performance.

"All the tactics he used to get elected are the very things that someone like me, who works with youth on a consistent basis, are the things we try to talk our young folks out of being", he said.

Durant came back late in the regular season from a 19-game absence with a left knee injury, then dealt with a tender calf early in the playoffs.

When asked if he wanted to go, veteran player Andre Iguodala told newspaper USA Today, "hell nah". After trading blows like two heavyweight fighters, Cavs, you could say, lost by a points decision.

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Such comments were borne out of the frustration that is only understandable as Southgate looks to turn promise into success. With Paul Pogba dominating the midfield, the youthful forwards ripped through the heart of Gareth Southgate's side.

They weren't so Golden in their lone blemish, a Game 4 loss when they played some of the poorest defense in Finals history to spoil a ideal postseason.

That Lakers team had five titles, two of them back-to-back in 1987 and 1988, and eight Finals appearances. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.

So, yes, it's becoming a predictable pattern: The Warriors keep swaggering past all rivals with their awesome firepower, and frustrating every other team's fan base.

Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with 20 points off the bench.

"I think our guys just did a good job of hanging in there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"We're going to do what our leader [Curry] does", he said. And it was just a matter of time before we were going to break through.

Golden State beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the 2017 NBA Finals, winning the rubber match of their third straight meeting.