Warriors hold 71-60 lead at half in NBA Finals Game 5

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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

When the Warriors won their second championship in three years on Monday night at Oracle Arena, downing the Cavs 129-120 in Game 5 and thus avoiding all the rising pressure that would have come with another loss, this National Basketball Association truth was cemented in a way that isn't changing anytime soon: Golden State isn't going away.

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history, avenging the loss to Cleveland after blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago. If your intentions are good, then that means as a team that we're moving in the right direction. "You've gotta tip your hat to Cleveland, man".

"It's just unfortunate for some of the guys on our team that's never been able to get this far and not be able to hold the trophy up", James said. They marched through all contenders and met up again with the Cavs and superhuman LeBron James.

Completing a flawless 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is underway, with the Warriors holding a 3-1 lead and hoping to close the series out Monday night at home. It was his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, the only non-Boston Celtic to do so. They face a big offseason, with the free agencies of Durant, Curry, Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.

"I'm just so happy to be a part of it and I can't wait to celebrate with my teammates in the locker room".

For the Cavs, James added 13 rebounds and eight assists to his huge scoring night, while Kyrie Irving scored 26 and JR Smith had 25, but Kevin Love went missing, managing just six points from only eight shots.

"Finals MVP and we're champions", Draymond Green said.

"I left everything on the floor every game, so I have no reason to put my head down", said James, who scored a game-high 41 points Monday.

And as had been the case in the first three games, it was Durant (21 first half points) and Curry (20 first half points, five assists, four rebounds) leading the way. The next time down, after a defensive stop, the Warriors went right back to the well and the Cavaliers, fearing the same result, tossed an extra help defender Durant's way. But now LeBron (3-5 in the Finals) becomes just the fourth player - and first in decades - to lose five times in the title round.

Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.

But coach Steve Kerr, who only returned to the team in time for game two of the finals after a period of medical leave to deal with complications arising from back surgery, joked afterwards: "We have very little talent actually, it's mostly coaching!" Every time Cleveland came within reach, KD was there to hit another contested three and beat the opposition back.

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