Warriors finish off Cavs in Game 5 to reclaim National Basketball Association championship

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the last two teams standing in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row, but the basketball three-peat was anything but boring. The Warriors tied an National Basketball Association record, going 16-1 in the postseason.

LeBron James (41 points) and Kyrie Irving (26) combined to score 67, but the third member of the Big Three, Kevin Love, scored just six points on 2-of-8 shooting. Back-to-back MVP Steph Curry ended his Finals in fine form, too, bouncing back from a bad Game 4 to add 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. The Warriors have three of the 17, trailing the San Francisco 49ers (five) and Oakland Athletics (four).

"So I would hope we're more ready, more prepared tonight". And with the talk that Durant, Curry and Andre Iguodala all looking to stay in the Bay even though they each have the option to become free agents and sign lucrative deals elsewhere, it's a forgone conclusion that Golden State is definitely the very large mountain all other teams will have to climb if they want to be the next champs.

The Cavaliers aren't going down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals without a fight. The Warriors got big three from Iguodala, they got some cuts for Durant dunks because defenders can't help off Klay Thompson, and when they needed stops they got enough.

The Warriors responded with a 28-4 run for a lead they never gave up after that.

The Warriors led 98-93 heading into the final quarter.

"I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work", Durant said. Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, also got behind the defense for alley-oops because of the constant attention on his teammates. But this game, like the rest of this series, didn't seem to be so much about what Cleveland could offer as it was about what any team possibly could to counter something like Golden State.

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

A year after blowing a 3-1 lead in the finals to lose 4-3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State have regained the silverware.

Kevin Durant (right) in the Nike KD10.

The Warriors put together a monster run in the second quarter, and by virtue of a 15-point edge in scoring, took a 71-60 lead over the Cavaliers at halftime.

"Offensively we guarded (Durant) well the last three games, and you see what they started to do", Lue said. Golden State won the championship in 2015 and Cleveland took the title past year. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.

J.R. Smith hit another 3-pointer and LeBron James scored on a hard putback to help Cleveland cut a deficit that was 17 in the second quarter to eight, 86-77, with five minutes to play in the third quarter.

James collected a game-high 13 rebounds and added eight assists to go while becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in the Finals.

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