Golden State Wins its 2nd NBA Title in Three Seasons by Beating Cleveland

Warriors 129-120 over the Cavaliers to avenge their loss in the Finals in 2016 — the story from Rolling Stone:

The Golden State Warriors losing the 2016 NBA title to the Cleveland Cavaliers after taking a 3-1 series lead haunted Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the team from the front office down. The decision was made that they had to do something drastic, that they wouldn’t lose again. The Warriors couldn’t take any risks trying to win another Larry O’Brien trophy. One massive extra push in the form of superstar Kevin Durant joining the ranks would no doubt get them past LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the defending champions from Ohio. That was the logic.

They were correct. The Warriors, who cruised through the post-season, only dropping a single game throughout, defeated the Cavs to reclaim the top spot in the league. Bouncing back from a Game 4 thrashing that saw Cleveland opening up the game with 49 points in the first quarter and 86 first-half points overall, both the most in NBA Finals history. If Golden State wanted to close things out, they had to overcome losing the previous game, but they really had to overcome their demons. They had to put last year out of their minds.

Game 5, however, was back on home turf. Oracle Arena was rocking before tip-off, and even though the home team still carried a 3-1 lead, enough to become champs with just one more victory, the tension was maybe never higher for a fifth game. If they let Cleveland in the back door, Golden State could be in big trouble. As the Warriors learned, James and the rest of the Cavs can make a series lead vanish if you let them.


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